I’ve considered Evernote as the best productivity app in all categories for a long time. I’m using Evernote to store all kind of notes, just as it is supposed to be used. But I’ve also used it as a to-do-list-manager for best part of the last 5-6 years.
I know that a lot of people love to use their mailbox as a to-do-list but what does it really means. Anyone sending you an e-mail are putting works on your to-do-list. Anyone sending you e-mails are adding tasks to you agenda and defining what you shall do. I prefer to decide what to do, of course with input from my boss, my wife and the most important clients.
But yesterday I realized that Things 3 is a completely new tool compared to old versions. I’ve tried Things in the past, back in the days where I think it wasn’t even possible to sync between different devices.
What’s really cool and features I live is for example the following:
- Tags – works pretty much the same way as in Evernote.
- Works very well with Siri
- Awesome guide to get started
- A great user interface with the structure I tend to work with.
- Nice integration with calendar and reminders.
- Easy to set up and start using.
Plus the fact that the guide to get started showed me how to drag and drop email to get a link to the mail in mailbox, which improves my work in Evernote too.
So are there no negatives with Things 3? Yes of course. How cool would a tool be if there were no room for improvements? What I’m missing is the following:
- Possibility to configure the menu at the left hand side to add for example shortcuts to tags.
- Commands to add for example a start date direct from the title row which would be useful for example when forwarding emails to Things.
- Do they have a Windows version or a web version? I’m actually not sure as I’m almost only using Mac, but if I have to use a PC once in a while it should be an advantage?
- You have to pay for the product three times just to be able to test it, once for the computer, once for the iPad and once for the iPhone. It is worth it, but I would prefer if they had the guts to let you try for free for a month or at least bundle iPad/iPhone versions.
Bottom line, I’ve just tried a few hours, but Things 3 is a really awesome tool for productivity nerds and others who wants to improve their productivity and please don’t tell my wife I fell in love so quickly.