This $50 app organised my entire life — here’s how it works

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  • There are plenty of apps to categorise your to-dos, but there aren’t many apps that can organise your entire life.
  • Things 3, from Cultured Code, works across Apple devices and helps you organise all of your thoughts, ideas, projects, and areas of your life.
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Things 3, from the Germany-based software startup Cultured Code, is a 2017 Apple Design award-winning app for organising your life that’s both simple and robust.

It works across Apple devices only right now (sorry Android and PC users), but if you have at least one-Apple made product, it’s probably worth considering.

Cultured Code provided me with review codes to try Things 3 on my Apple devices, and I can confidently say that Things 3 is remarkable organisation tool. It’s great for jotting down quick thoughts that come along, but it’s really best for tackling more complex projects – like planning vacations, learning a new language, and especially prioritising your various work tasks.

I’ve spent a few months importing my entire life into Things 3. Here’s what it’s like to use the app, and why you should consider buying it:


First <i>thing’s</i> ???? first: Let’s talk about price.

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Unfortunately, you need to buy Things 3 for any device you want to use it on.

Things 3 costs:

  • $US10 on the iPhone
  • $US20 on the iPad
  • $US50 on the Mac (plus a free 15-day trial)

My advice: Consider which devices you use the most, and go from there.

(Personally, I use my iPhone and MacBook more often than my iPad, so I would highly recommend getting Things 3 for those two devices.)


Here’s a look at what my Things 3 looks like on my Mac.

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The left sidebar shows how Things 3 organizes all your information, and the folders at the bottom are divisions that I created myself, for Life, Work, and Projects.

The main part of the screen shows your Inbox, where you can drop in any free thoughts you have lying around so you can organise them later.

A nice bonus: If you use Apple’s Calendar and Reminders apps, you can import all of your events and reminders with a single button press.


The Today tab shows you everything scheduled for the day.

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As you can see, I have a meeting at noon, and I also need to write my Things 3 re- oh man that’s right now! I should do that!


To create a new to-do, just click the Plus sign button.

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Here’s an example of what a basic to-do can look like.

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Sadly, there are no options to bold or italicize text, or change text size or font. But you don’t really need that stuff unless you’re writing very complex notes.


The most important part comes after you write the note: It’s all about the organisation options.

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Here’s an example of a to-do from my Things 3 app.

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What’s nice about Things 3 is the ability to also create headers, or different divisions within a larger project or area like this one.

In this case, I created headers for “Things to buy” and “Things to move,” since re-imagining my den is going to require both of those tasks.


To-do’s don’t have to be simple. You can create projects with multiple headings, and checklists, and more.

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Things 3 makes it easy for you to see and organise your thoughts all in one place. Crossing items off your lists can be very satisfying.

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It’s also nice that Things 3 provides different perspectives — like this calendar view — in case you want to see due dates in chronological order.

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I spend most of my time adding my to-dos via the Mac app, but I love how Things 3 looks on the phone. It’s simplified so you can see everything on the tall display.

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There are plenty of other things to like about Things 3, like its Quick Find ability that lets you search for any word you’ve ever typed in Things 3, or the ability to create alarms and notifications for your various to-dos.

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Overall, Things 3 is a worthy investment if you’re looking for a tool that can help you organise your life.

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What’s nice about Things 3 is that it has more tools than you might need. For example, I rarely use the scheduling tools right now – but if I ever encounter a time-sensitive project, this feature will absolutely come in handy.

Still, despite the abundance of tools, Cultured Code has managed to simplify the art of organisation and make it work for categorising small thoughts and big projects alike.

If you want to dip your toes in, try the iPhone version for $US10, or the 15-day free trial for the Mac. If you ever wish you could be more organised, Things 3 provides an excellent canvas and some very clever tools to make your life feel less cluttered and more manageable.