How I use Things to get stuff done

Do you ever lie awake in the middle of the night, thinking over all the things you need to do, and worrying that you’ll forget them all in the morning? Are you stressed out trying to keep track of all your projects?

I can empthasise, because that was me.

That middle-of-the-night inner monologue went something like this:

“I must remember that I need to email Sarah tomorrow. I should write that down. But no, I’m too asleep and that will wake me up too much. But how will I remember to do it? I’ll remember. I’m sure I’ll remember, because it’s important…. [tries to go to sleep]… but what if I don’t remember? It’s very important! I should remember to write it down… [a few minutes later]… I’m never going to remember. Let me just pick up my phone and write it down. [Picks up phone from nightstand.] Oh look! I have some new emails. I’ll just quickly check them to make sure it’s nothing urgent…”

And you can imagine where it goes from there!

Enter Things, an app based on the Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy. There’s a whole book on GTD, but the main thing you need to know about it is that if a task pops into your head, you can quickly record it to make sure it doesn’t keep bothering you. Like in the middle of the night.

If a task comes up, you can simply open the app and quickly jot it down. Then it will sync to your other devices, and you’ll never forget anything again.

Tasks can be broken down into larger projects, given tags, areas of responsibility, and assigned to someone else, so your to-do list is super organised. Just the way I like it!

It’s also possible to create scheduled and recurring tasks, so if I know I don’t need to do something until next week, I can just set it to appear on my list for that day. Set and forget.

There are plenty of apps that will do a similar job, but I love the interface and the user experience of Things.

Do you use a to-do list app? Which one do you love? Leave a comment to let me know!

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