My iPhone is an elegant book Things

Edition MacDigger shares useful and interesting application that will appeal to users.

Productivity — the main fashion of modernity. Changing musical tastes, fading styles, outdated movies. But people invariably want to do more, spending less time and money. With the release of iPhone has strengthened another misconception. If you find the perfect app — then get things done. It is clear that it is a lie. The funny thing is, at the same time, and the truth that proves task-Manager Things 3. Because after this program alternative is not needed. Tell how there was such a contradictory situation.

From productivity to freedom

People really always wanted to do more, but the modern productivity took shape into a full-fledged trend recently. The starting point is the release in 2001 of the book “getting things done” David Allen, in which the author has designed the main provisions of the methodology of GTD. Since then, everything went to hell.

The fact that Allen had carefully and meticulously painted the device, in General, a simple system. As a result, her do you need to study: all the rules of sorting tasks, principles and conventions. This is bad — the creative process was replaced by a set of sequences. But there was the same complex, monstrous application, exactly the appropriate covenants Allen.

Things made of different stuff. The app borrows the concept of GTD, but packages them in a nice, light shell. It, including a literal description of the interface — Things looks spacious as interactive white sheet. But for simplicity, hide important functions.

How it works

The work is organized by category. They meet on the start screen:

  • Inbox — all new challenges
  • “Today” — list for today
  • “Plans” — a chronological list of cases
  • “At any time” — things without a specific deadline

More tasks can be organized into projects and projects grouped by areas of responsibility. Here, too, followed the logic. For example, the project may be named “Trip to Rome”, and his area of responsibility is “Travel”. At the same time, the project — do not just dump problems. This is a creative space where you can create headers and visually divide the stages of the work.

But that’s not all organisational capabilities Things. To tasks you can attach tags, notes, check-lists, execution time and deadline. Of the points, of course, obvious. Tags — an option to sort, notes to help add context and details. Check lists — attached to task lists. For example, under the task “shopping List for today” you can register the check-list.

Posted separately the execution time and the deadline is one of the nicest features of Things. Initially, when you create a task, it is assigned a run time. This is the day when the task should start to do, yet there are notification settings. If you do not finish within the specified time — it will just remain in your “Today”. Will not be afraid of notification, or red status “overdue”. Just like in real life, did not do today — get tomorrow.

With the deadline a different situation. It indicates the date by which the task exactly needs to be closed. Functions can be used together: set date of start and completion of work.

This is smart work not ends. In Things there is a special category of tasks is “tonight”. It’s brilliant: there is better to send everything not directly related, but important to complete after a hard day. The same shopping list.

Many ways to add a task

Many things David Allen presented right. One of these lessons — the impermanence of human memory. You must write everything down — that’s why the path of tasks in GTD starts with the Inbox, where it can later be send to the destination.

So, difficult to add task in Things is not. The developers have created a brilliant solution, a magic buttonthat floats on top of the interface in the lower right corner. It allows you to add tasks, projects, areas of responsibility.

The first case is still a priority, focus on it. The button works in all sections — you can drag it to a date in the section, “Plan”, activate on the home screen or add it to the project. Also, while pressing the buttons on the left pane will appear “Incoming” — if yet a certain place, it is possible to do later. But button is an alternative way of adding items. All of them can also be created manually by clicking on an empty field.

Also, Things work great extension for sharing — it pulls information needed from notes or letters.

Finally, the program supports brilliant integration with text editors. Create a unmarked list, copy it and paste in Things — you will immediately see a list of tasks. Whole projects have to add not yet, but the opportunity to write something in “Notes” and in a couple of clicks to make proposals tasks — captivating.

Important stuff

For a start, Things will give odds to any iOS app in terms of speed and smoothness of animations. It does not relate to the features, but to use polished software still more enjoyable. Fortunately, this item is not limited. Here’s 5 Things pros:

  • The perfect software companion. Maybe you forgot, but the Apple Watch can do something, in addition to viewing notifications. Things even hours is close to ideal — in the application, you can mark completed tasks, change deadlines, set deadlines and add new tasks with dictation. No lag, everything works.
  • Advanced automation. Things supports so-called URL schemes, which enable you to link the program with other software, write custom rules you can add tasks, add the shortcuts in the program launcher. Details are described in the documentation. All of this may seem confusing rubbish — but if you’re really advanced user, the automation of Things adds 100 points to karma.
  • Things supported by Siri. Do not say that useless voice assistant — dictate his task conveniently. Besides, Things supported even on the HomePod, so you can boost productivity, screaming column from the couch.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. The section is devoted to the iPhone, but look at iOS wider. iPad Pro keyboard is ideal for Things, because the program supports the activation nearly all actions using keyboard shortcuts.
  • Own cloud. Things developers don’t rely on iCloud, and created their own solution for synchronization. The cloud works Dyavolski quickly and fails.
  • How much is it

    A lot. Expensive. I deliberately left the paragraph for the finale — it is good news and bad news. To begin with, Things work without a subscription. You pay once and get long-lasting support. Last version, 2 Things I wanted 5 years. A new release appeared in 2017, so nothing to worry about shelf life is not necessary.

    Sticky — Things sold in three versions. iPhone client is $ 10, the iPad version is still $ 20, and the program for the Mac as much as $ 50 (you can download a trial). Say on own experience: better to take all three programs. The sample can be limited to the iPhone version or free to try desktop client — depending on which device you spend more time.

    If you are not lazy, and penetrate, the funds will beat off quickly. Things, with its relaxed interface, simple in presentation and features, helps to do more. There is no need to hurry, do not have to fill dozens of tasks and there are severe penalties for overdue dates. This app is for those who settled down and instead of the pursuit of new programs is willing to invest time and effort into that, you can always rely on.

    Clifton Nichols

    Clifton Nichols

    Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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