Things Review and Giveaway

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Us bloggers have a lot to do. We’re launching a new site, managing writers, writing articles and many other tasks. How do you keep track of all this activity? Way to many GTD apps have an immense amount of features that instead of helping you to be more productive, actually impede you of doing so. However, Things is NOT one such app.

sidebarThe Sidebar

You’ll notice on the sidebar that you have Inbox, Today, Next, Scheduled, Someday, and Projects. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these do.

Inbox/Today

The “inbox” is for to-dos that you don’t know where to put . This is the place where you put items that either don’t have a due date yet or haven’t been assigned to a particular project. Personally, I haven’t used the inbox yet. The “today” tab is for to-dos that you want to accomplish… um… today. You’ll also notice that there will be a counter to the right of the word “today” to let you know how many to-dos you’ve committed to completing.

Next/Scheduled

The “Next” tab is for upcoming to-dos. These are tasks that you have to complete, but not today. You can have a number of to-dos in this tab and move them to “today” when you plan to work on them. The “scheduled” tab is also very useful. Here,  you can schedule recurring or future to-dos. It’ll ask you when you’d like to move the task to the “today” tab so that you don’t have to worry about it til then.

Someday/Projects

The “someday” tab is pretty self explanitory: a task that you plan to complete… someday. Then, there’s the “projects” tab. This is one of my favorite tabs because as you can see in the picture, I’ve got some major projects going on. This tab allows you to create projects then assign tasks which will help you complete them.

Adding New To-Dos

Adding New To-Dos is a Breeze!

Adding New To-Dos is a Breeze!

Adding new to-dos is exceptionally easy in “Things”. Use the keyboard shorcut control+spacebar to open this very nice modal window. Tags will auto populate as you write. You can also use the recent tags button to the right. This modal window will stay on top of all your other windows, just in case you’d like to add images or a URL.

The Grade

For me, the interface will either make me like or dislike an app. “Things” has a beautiful interface. Its smart use of icons makes it a pleasure to work in. The fact that I was able to explain its features in a couple of paragraphs makes it clear that “Things” will help you get things done; not distract you with its features. I love and wholeheartedly recommend “Things”.

Things (No pun intended) You Should Know

  • Price: $49.95
  • Runs on Mac OS 10.4.11 or later
  • iPhone app available

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Giveaway

The very kind people from Cultured Code are giving us two copies to give away. How do you win? Comment on this post to enter. This is NOT a random competition. We want your comment to explain why you want this app. “I want to win!” won’t work. If you make me laugh… your chances of winning are greater.

This contest will go til Thursday, October 15, 2009. Winners will be anounced and contacted on Friday, October 16, 2009. Please enter only once. My best to all of you!

Tim Smith is a music loving blogger and designer. He’s passionate about blogging and loves to share his thoughts and experiences for the benefit of others. Find out more on his personal site. Follow Tim on Twitter: @timothybsmith.

 

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