Things 2 is awesome.
Read my post on OmniFocus for more detail on why I love these sorts of things and then come back if you like.
$80 in 2008
As a short background here (to save you some time reading over there), it was in 2008 that I purchased OmniFocus. Back then it was $79.95 (at the time of this writing it’s $39.99 on the Mac App Store). I really researched everything before the purchase, too:
- The Hit List didn’t exist,
- Midnight Inbox wasn’t my style,
- Action Method seemed a little too web-based (at the time, online, paid, subscription models for mobile work was a new concept), and
- iPhone GTDs (link launches iTunes) were just a brand new thought. They hadn’t yet flooded the market.
The new iTunes App Store (July 2008) changed everything. “To dos” were here and there, so a pure dedicated “to do” app, especially with an iPhone counterpart, was something potentially special. It could be your “Day-Timer” on the go. Your pre-Siri assistant.
Those days were great.
So I researched and researched when it came to this purchase. The only other app catching my attention in this category of “getting things done”, besides OmniFocus, was called “Things“, and I liked them. I liked the name, and I really liked their icon. Their app was beautiful in design with an attractive, easy-to-understand interface. It made sense to me and felt good right away.
But their desktop app was still in Beta (the iPhone app released in July 2008 before their Mac version in January 2009).
So I watched videos, learned what I could, downloaded trial versions to experience both apps on the Mac, and finally decided to go with OmniFocus, which was already released as a Mac and iPhone app.
So why write a post about all this?
Because I always loved Things. I “thought” and worked like Things – it was natural, and I wanted to use it. But I couldn’t, ultimately, because of the amount of mobile activity and the need for cloud syncing. Little did I know the delay of nearly four years would feel so good.
The 2008-2012 Releases of of “Things”
I watched Things go through 4 years of development until this week, August 2012.
During that time I have been a solid OmniFocus user – Perspectives, Folders, Styles & Scripts – learning and adapting to it’s simpleness and complexity since version 1.0.3 (OmniFocus 1.0 was released in January 2008).
But now…now I can carry a “delightful and easy to use task manager” that has all my tasks with me even, syncs with the cloud (in case I forgot to sync to my Mac before I left the house), and all easily filtered to show what needs to happen today.
Things Cloud stores your to-dos and keeps them updated on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. All you have to do is turn it on in Things’ Preferences. After that, every change you make is immediately sent to Things Cloud, which then sends it to your other devices. Everything is automatic, so you never have to worry about syncing again. Things Cloud is fast, reliable, and best of all, free.
Sometimes good things are worth the wait.
You can find out more about Things from the Cultured Code website than from me, but suffice to say: Things 2 – with cloud sync, Daily Review, and the ever-beautiful interface – “Ah, I think I can relax.”
Things is a delightful and easy to use task manager. You’ll get started in no time, entering and organizing your to-dos. You’ll discover how Things truly makes you more productive. And soon you’ll realize that achieving your goals comes more naturally – one to-do at a time.