One of the more popular todo, task, and project manager apps for the Mac is Things, which comes with an artful blend of functions; simplicity for todos and tasks, an elegant learning curve to more advanced functions such as multiple tasks, and the basics of what every project consists of– sub-tasks.
Even better, there’s Things for those of us who are multiple device users and who are constantly on the go– Things for iPhone and iPad, and as you would expect, all tasks, todo’s, and projects sync together. There’s much to like about Things and one feature which gets my goat to light my hair on fire.
Do Things With Things
Things is a premium todo, task, and project management app. You can find many such apps with similar functionality for less money, but few for more, and fewer that get you started quickly, but give you room to grow without a stiff learning curve. Things makes it easy to setup todo lists without digging into a manual, though you’ll want to explore additional features, including GTD, and customization options.
Most of what you need to know about what’s going on today, tomorrow, and soon will be displayed in the main window, but easily navigated through the sidebar which gives you one-click access to what’s Next, what’s Scheduled, Projects, active projects, Focus, and areas.
Things does alerts so you get notified of upcoming items and overdue tasks, but it also comes with options for tasks and sub-tasks which quickly turns into easily managed projects.
Things also thinks GTD– Getting Things Done– with appropriate focus options which are available when you first open the app to view Today, Next, and Scheduled. A simple global keyboard shortcut lets you create a new todo item from within any Mac app, and autofill makes entry a painless process.
Things was a bit slow to the mobile app growth, but now there’s a Things for iPhone, iPad, and Watch and all three versions are near the premium level; easy enough to setup in one try, but with plenty of features to expand into managing modest projects with plenty of task coordination.
Control over how the sync takes place. Things for the Mac has a healthy price tag, and you pay extra for Things on iPad and extra again for Things on iPhone. Three different prices.
So, why is there only one way to sync data between Things on each device? It’s called Things Cloud, and, for now, it’s free to use and the only really useful way to synchronize Things between devices. It works, so I’m not complaining, but I would like more control.
iCloud sync? Nope. Dropbox sync? Nope. GoogleDrive or Microsoft OneDrive sync? Nope. I shouldn’t complain because Things Cloud is free but iCloud has improved in the past year or two, and many apps these days come with multiple sync options so users get maximum control. Plus, little is known about Things’ proprietary cloud sync service as to privacy and security. I’m not particularly worried, but jus’ sayin’.
I’m paying more, so I’d like to know more. But I cannot complain about how Things works. It’s refreshingly simple to setup and use, but lets you step into more complex project management simply by adding sub-tasks to a task.