This is a follow-up to ⚔️ A Personal Assistant to Maximize your Productivity.
I recently switched my task management workflow from Todoist to Things 3. It was probably my nerdiest purchase of 2021 (I’ve never paid $50 for an app before!).
The main reason for switching is its clean interface. I’m a sucker for nice UI. Also, switching forced me to review all of my pending tasks and do a Marie Kondo after almost 3 years. I had a lot of projects going on before - now I have started optimizing for outcomes instead.
The latest 3.14 update brought Markdown support and you know I love Markdown.
It also changes how I see my calendar events now. Todoist made events as tasks in my day which I need to check off. Things 3 shows them at the top together for a quick review of the day so I know what my non-negotiables are (calendar is sacred territory for me) and then I can look at my daily list.
It gives me a logbook! Seeing what I spent my day on is oddly satisfying.
Another nifty little feature is that it shows a ring next to the project indicating its progress, calculated by the completion rate of tasks.
You can schedule a task for the evening which is shown in a separate section, which is pretty handy to plan out your evenings / take a quick glance.
It gives better control for repeating tasks.
You can set both a reminder and a deadline for a task. Todoist allows for only one time set to a task, whereas Things 3 allows for setting a reminder for today while noting that the deadline is 2 days away. I can’t go back now. The design choices are quite thoughtful.
Overall, it’s pretty neat and new things are exciting. See what I did there?
Until We Meet Again…