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A new pick for the best productivity and GTD app suite, a piece on improving your routine, and more

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Update: The best productivity and GTD app suite for Mac, iPhone, and iPad »

The best productivity and GTD app suite for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

After considerable deliberation, Things 3 has become our new pick for the best GTD app suite for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Things 3’s wonderful new design, humane task management features, and range of simplicity to complexity make it the winner in an otherwise tight GTD race.

Read our in-depth review here »

Bonus! One more thing…

The Complete Guide to Managing Tasks in Things (Video)

If you struggle to keep up with all your tasks, we can show you some organization tips that may help you.

We put together a video that shows you everything you need to know about a task in Things:

  • The difference between start dates and due dates and how to use them effectively.
  • How to set up reminders so you never forget an important task again.
  • How to use checklists for tasks that require more than one step.
  • How to configure daily, weekly, monthly, or even annual repeating tasks.
  • And more…

You don’t have to use any of these things in your tasks if you don’t want to. But knowing what they are and how they all work will help you be more organized, save time, and ensure you are using Things in the way that suits you best.

This video is something we have made available for free to our email subscriber community. You can get it right now. By joining the Sweet Setup community you’ll also get access to other guides, early previews to big new reviews and workflow articles we are working on, weekly roundups of our best content, and more.


Roger Ogden’s Mac and iOS setup »

Roger Ogden’s Mac and iOS setup

Roger Ogden is a software engineer living in Boise, Idaho.

Start your days right with a consistent shutdown routine »

It may sound backwards, but the key to starting your days off right is to finish them well. When you take the time to clear your mind — and your inboxes — it makes it so much easier to start your day with clarity. You’ll be off and running and working on the things that matter most to you with far less effort and friction.

How to use your task manager to process email »

I’ve been following some form of “getting things done” (GTD) for the better part of a decade. I’ve used multiple apps and read multiple books and blog posts. The reason I follow GTD is that it allows me to understand exactly what I need to be doing, and when it needs to be done. In my life, I have a full-time job, multiple freelance opportunities, and three small children. To say that my life is chaotic is an understatement.

The principal of GTD that has helped me the most is not treating my email inbox as a to-do list, and I’ll show you exactly how to make that work for your own workflows.

What I Wish the iPad Would Gain from the Mac (MacStories) »

As the iPad continues to mature and become more powerful, there’s always a laundry list of important features that keep people from completely moving away from the Mac platform. This week, Ryan Christoffel (MacStories) published a thoughtful list of power-features that he wants to see Apple bring to the iPad. It’s a great list, and one I want to see Apple tackle as well.

My desire for a Mac, however, still exists in a few specific use cases. There are things the Mac has to offer that I wish my iPad could replicate.