It is a truism to say that effective time and task management are essential to long term success. But lost focus can cost companies and employees as much as $391 billion a year. In the time of COVID, with so many people working from home, distractions abound and it is more important than ever that you stay on track and on top of your projects. Things 3 is here to help.
There are a wide variety of good task management apps out there, especially for Apple devices. Things 3 stands out for its engaging design and ease of use.
First and foremost, things has clean, good design. It’s easy on the eyes and the doesn’t crowd too much information on you all at once. There are subtle animations for every action that make the app more engaging and dynamic. For instance, instead of a simple check mark that gets crossed out when you finish a project, Things has little pie graphs that fill up as you complete subtasks.
This ease of access visually extends to the actual interface of the app. You can set up folders for different dimensions of your life: family, work, home improvement. Within these folders you can create individual tasks and projects, with subtasks. You can assign tags and deadlines to all of these and easily rearrange and move them around. Within the tasks for a given day, they are divided into This Morning, This Afternoon, and This Evening.
Things has a built in quick-search feature. If you type anywhere in the app when you’re not selecting an input, it will automatically search your tasks, tags, and folders. It has a calendar view as well, so you can see all your tasks as they come up. It’s all very intuitive and user friendly. It is available for MacOS, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and can be synced up across all devices.
Things does have its disadvantages. Chief among these is that it is difficult to share projects with friends or a team of coworkers. There are workarounds, but they are rather clunky. So while it is unparalleled for keeping oneself on top of things, you might have to look elsewhere for help on your collaborative efforts.
While it may not have the power of some task management apps, Things’ user friendly and engaging nature is its greatest strength. A task management app should be fun and simple to use, so that it doesn’t feel like an overbearing task master. Things is fun to use and will have you completing your projects because you want to, not out of some nebulous feeling of guilt and obligation.
Things is available for purchase on the App Store.