Things 3: Best 10 Features on iOS/Mac

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Things 3 has some very strong features. During the 3-months I used it I feel in love with a few features. So I wanted to round these up and share a few of those with you!

Things 3 is a personal task management application designed to help you keep track of tasks and activities.

You can download it here: https://culturedcode.com/things/ — NOTE: I didn’t mention the free Things 3 trial which can be taken on Mac, please note this.

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4:23 – Calendar Events Bar
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Keep Productive says:

Today I wanted to share my Things 3 experience.
*If you have any experiences with Things 3 feel free to add them below, I’d love here!*
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Jason Garcia says:

Does anyone know how to add calendar events to your actual today’s list?

Gwilym James says:

There is a free trial on Things 3 for Mac in case anyone wants to test it 🙂

Ubbo Wockels says:

I think you’ve missed one of the greatest features of things 3: adding things. No, not adding tasks, I really mean: adding THINGS! 😉

In my workflow, Things 3 is the control center to Evernote, to my email, to websites I want to read later, to movies I want to watch, to files on my computer… just by hitting control+option+spacebar (you need the plugin first from the Cultered Code website).

Wherever you are, hitting control+option+spacebar adds a task to Things 3 with a link to the stuff you’ve openend or selected. I can open an email in Apple Mail on my Mac, hit those buttons and voila, the email subject is a task in Things, and a link to that email is added as well, so later when I hit that link in Things 3 on my iPhone, that email opens on my iPhone. Same with, for example, Evernote notes (adding It on my Mac with control+option+spacebar, opening it on my iPhone). Same with any website I’m scrolling through.

So, I see lots of complaints about Things 3 not having any file adding future, but – depending on your workflow – the way Things 3 handles this with linking, is maybe even better. For me, ‘adding things to things’ is really *the* killer feature!

flender says:

Ciao ma perché se creo un task su un giorno nel calendario di things3 non lo ritrovo poi su nessun calendario ne iOS ne Google?

Yuki Da Costa says:

It would be nice if Things 3 adopted the flexible customisability features of GeeTeeDee. Some features I’d want in Things 3:
– Ability to hide Anytime and Someday.
– Ability to drag the Inbox, Today, Upcoming, Anytime and Someday up or down depending on where you want it.
– Ability to add custom sections next to the Today/Upcoming/Anytime/Someday area with custom favicons.
For example, I want to have the section for ‘Later’ and ‘Tomorrow’.
– Ability to show number of tasks in Someday as well as in Projects so I know how much tasks I’ve got left without having to click on it.

I do understand that Things 3 was designed with GTD in mind. But some people like me prefer to have their own workflow to suit their needs. So I find a great value in having the ability to customise.

Joe Dassaro says:

I just bought Things 3 across the board but ran into a major issue with an otherwise killer app. Specifically. I cannot (mark) complete a recurring task ahead of the due date when the due date is set to recur on a specific day as opposed to changing relative to the completion date. For example, I set a task (for specific day) for all my recurring bills. I normally pay my bills ahead of time. When I pay a bill ahead of time, I cannot mark the task complete. This is a significant issue for me that will likely cause me to migrate back to 2do which is comparatively cluttered.

Katlego Mphahlele says:

This is my to-do app of choice. My only gripe with it is that it doesn’t support Dynamic Fonts. @Francesco if you’re in contact with anyone from Cultured Code please suggest it as a feature. I prefer smaller fonts but the font on the app is in your face.

Chuck Haskins says:

I love Microsoft ToDo but it is a show stopper when you cannot email to task. Can I survive on Things 3 (Iphone X only) since I use Windows? I need to have SIRI and Email to Task

SergioRacoon says:

By far your best video ever. The content of your vid was well structured, with tons of insides, and well explain. And not just that, the production value shown on this vid is just amazing. Congrats Francesco!! Keep the good work coming!!

JAY says:

Thank you really excited. You indirectly helped me. 😀

Scan End says:

Yeah your issues stem from that you don’t understand the GTD system. It’s really designed around those principles. If you did you would understand all the features including projects and someday/maybe. The whole point of GTD is to empty your mind so you use your mind for working on tasks rather than holding ideas, so you do a ‘brain dump’ and put everything into your system, things that are things you don’t or can’t do right now or want to save for the future you shelf in the someday maybe area and that way its out of your head but there if you need it in the future. Also if you understood GTD you only use due dates rarely only when something has an absolute immovable due date, if you have too many due dates you end up with a massive stack of overdue things when you artificially create one. There is an ever ongoing battle for GTD Mac peeps between omnifocus and things. Omnifocus is more explicitly built around GTD but it is as ugly as hell and is crunchy to use and feels very 90s. Whereas things is beautiful and is very fluid and intuitive to use and bears some relation to the decade we’re in!

Emma Rose Frati says:

I have been having trouble understanding how to connect my calendar to the app. Is this possible? I have classes every day but I want to use this app to fins free time throughout the day to get random tasks done – like lunch with a friend. Is google calendar downloadable??
best,
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Paul McElligott says:

Strike #1: Mac and iOS only wouldn’t be a problem if they had a web interface.
Strike #2: The iPhone and iPad versions are separate purchases? $20 for the iPad version even if I’ve already paid $10 for the iPhone version? Call the cops, because I want to report a highway robbery.
Strike #3: No subscription model. I’m out.

Sign Tec says:

as i drive alot and have phone calls on the way to jobs is there an app that will allow me to verbally talk into my phone to make a list on a certain day without reminders…times…etc just a really basic to-do list

Positively Udo says:

It sounds so perfect for me. Will try it out. The key is that it shows my calendar + the todo list

Moldova Creștină TV says:

Thank you for the great presentations.

HaroArtist says:

I love Things3. have been using it since Things 1 came out. Love it. I also use Todoist for work stuff. Would love a web interface for Things…

Gwilym James says:

Beem umming and erring for so long with this because of the large up-front costs across platforms, but have finally decided to purchase it (Family sharing makes it feel more affordable) . Thanks for all the content.

Nico says:

Can I use Things 3 on my Windows laptop?

Joel Carranza says:

Love your videos! You convinced me to switch a few months ago to Things 3 from Wunderlist and I’m very happy with the change. Keep up the good work

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