Eight Months With Things 3

Long-term use notes and the workflow I’ve settled into


I first wrote about Things 3 in May, shortly after I got access to it.

At the time, I was still swept up in its good looks, smooth operation, and refreshingly non-punitive take on carrying over incomplete tasks to the next day.

Nearly a year later, I’m still using Things. This makes it the only task management app to have successfully dethroned Todoist for more than a couple of months.

It’s given me time to settle into a workflow and analyze the long-term nuances of the app, especially in terms of how it compares to Todoist.

 How I Use Things

In a word: very simply. Over time, I’ve whittled away a lot of unnecessary busywork in my usage pattern:

 Things I Love

 Things I Don’t Love

 Managing Tasks in 2018

Heading into the new year, I’m a bit conflicted about this - as you can tell from the imbalance of things I like vs. things I don’t in the lists above.

My concern is that Things is so pretty that I’ve found a way to work around its practical and functional limitations rather than keeping an objective view and using the best tool for the job. Still, it does work for me, as evidenced by nearly a year of successful usage.

Things’ day/evening separation, the calendar overview, and its Logbook are all concrete advantages that I appreciate every day. But its design is something of a double-edged sword, and its approach to managing tasks can’t help but feel slow in comparison to Todoist.

Things makes me feel like a samurai warrior: methodical, precise, and noble. But with Todoist, I’m a ninja: agile, pragmatic, and effective.

I’m not sure yet which approach is a better fit for my needs, but I’m glad I’ve spent enough time with both of these powerful tools to better understand the distinction and the long-term implications of using each.

All that’s left now is to choose.


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