I downloaded a $50 app to organize my entire life - here's what it's like to use
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"I need to do laundry this week."
"I have a big project coming up for work, I should spend some time on that."
"I should make tacos for dinner tonight."
"Oh, I forgot to call my mom yesterday."
There are plenty of apps to categorize your various to-dos, but there aren't many apps that can help categorize your whole life: including your to-dos, but also your random thoughts, ideas, projects, and areas of your life, like work, friends, and family.
Things 3, from the Germany-based software startup Cultured Code, is a 2017 Apple Design award-winning app for organizing your life that's both simple and robust. It works across Apple devices only right now (sorry Android and PC users), but if you have at least one-Apple made product it's probably worth your consideration.
Thanks to Cultured Code, which provided me with review codes to try Things 3 on my Apple devices, I can confidently say that Things 3 is remarkable organization tool. It's great for jotting down quick thoughts that come along, but it's really best for tackling more complex projects - like planning vacations, learning a new language, and especially prioritizing your various work tasks.
I've spent a few months importing my entire life into Things 3 - here's what it's like to use the app, and why you should consider buying it:
First thing's 😉first: Let's talk about price.
Here's a look at what my Things 3 looks like on my Mac. The left sidebar shows how Things 3 organizes all your information, and the folders at the bottom are divisions that I created myself, for Life, Work, and Projects.
The Today tab shows you everything scheduled for the day. As you can see, I have a meeting at noon, and I also need to write my Things 3 re— oh man that's right now! I should do that!
Okay, since I realize this story is due today, let me quickly show you how to use Things 3. Basically, to create a new to-do, just click the Plus sign button.
Here's an example of what a basic to-do can look like.
The most important part, of course, comes after you write the note itself. It's all about the organization options.
Here's an example of what one of my real to-dos looks like: "Improving the den"
With the ability to create multiple projects with different to-dos, headings, and checklists, you can do some pretty fancy organizing with Things 3.
Things 3 makes it easy for you to organize your thoughts so it's easier to address your various to-dos, and cross them off your list.
And it's also nice that Things 3 provides different perspectives — like this calendar view — in case that's more helpful for you in addressing to-dos.
I spend most of my time adding my to-dos via the Mac app, but I love how Things 3 looks on the phone. It's simplified so you can see everything on the tall display.
There are plenty of other things to like about Things 3, like its Quick Find ability that lets you quickly find and search any word you've ever typed in Things 3, or the ability to create alarms and notifications for your various to-dos.
Overall, Things 3 is a worthy investment if you're looking for a tool that can help you organize your life.
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