Applications for the iPhone (or, if you insist, the Droid or Blackberry) come at all price points, and in many shapes, sizes and…well…applications. Many people use the obvious ones; Facebook, Gmail etc. What many people don’t know is that if you look more closely at some of these apps (let’s exclude Angry Birds for the purpose of this discussion) you will find amazing time- and sanity- savers!
My favorite application, hands down, that I’ve installed recently is called “Things”. I have two clients, a documentary and a casting project to manage. And yoga teacher training. And the mundane stuff (buying groceries, cleaning the apartment, plotting world domination…). It was too much! I thought I was going to start ripping my hair out, tracking tasks on google tasks and with all these different lists and spreadsheets! It was too much. It was clunky, I needed my projects separated but not so separated that I couldn’t have them all in mind. And then I found Things! It was like a new religion in iPhone gadgetry!
Things can be downloaded on your mac and your iPhone and will sync between the two. You can use it to create tasks with due dates and separate those into projects as well as areas. When I’m sitting down to work on my documentary, I click that area and see all the projects I need to do. I see what is due imminently on top, and can easily understand my order of priorities without any further thought. When I complete a task, I click that satisfying little checkmark and the app logs all my completed tasks. I’m also able to create automatically recurring tasks; every month I need to reconcile Quickbooks for a client; that task generates with a due date automatically.
Things. Changed my life. It can change yours
Post authored by Laura Baron