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An update to MindNode that we love, a reader’s iPhone setup, an article on dealing with email, and more

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Update: The best mind mapping app for Mac and iOS »

The best mind mapping app for Mac and iOS

There are many very good options for mind mapping software to help you capture and organize your ideas, but we think that MindNode 5 is the best for most people because it has a beautiful design, is easy to use, supports very reliable iCloud sync, and there are just enough import/export options to be a really useful tool in almost any workflow.

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.


Paul Morris’ iPhone setup »

Paul Morris' iPhone setup

Paul Morris is the Director of Development for Elevate Oregon, and has worked in nonprofit fundraising for almost 25 years.

Stop leaving emails in your inbox »

For some people, email is not a problem to be solved, but for the majority of the population, this is a subject that has a negative connotation. Whether it’s guilt, stress, or anxiety, email is often accompanied by a feeling of being weighed down.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

While there are a lot of different strategies for how to manage email well, this article will focus on just one. Namely, dealing with emails that tend to sit in your inbox for days (or weeks) at a time.

How to use Alfred with Ulysses on macOS »

One of the apps I rely on while using macOS is Alfred. If you haven’t used it before, I recommend you check out our review. Here at The Sweet Setup, we are also big fans of Ulysses. We think it’s the best writing up for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

What if I told you that you could combine the superpowers of these two apps? Oh, it’s possible, and I’m going to tell you how.

Stop losing your ideas and notes to multiple apps…

Learn Ulysses

An online course to help you save time, organize your notes, and master the best writing app for Mac and iOS: Ulysses.

Get the Course…

Overcast updated to version 4.1 »

Overcast, our favorite podcast client for iOS, was updated to version 4.1 last week. Overcast has been my go-to app for podcasts since day one, and this update is a big reason why. It’s continually improved with tweaks that I never even knew I wanted. So what’s new in version 4.1?

​This productivity app will make you love Mondays (Sponsor) »


monday.com is a project management tool which is the next generation of visual tools, built specifically for mac. It’s designed to work with ease, and allows you to see what everyone on your team is working on in a single glance.

With monday.com you can manage projects and tasks in a single board, move through the timeline visually and intuitively and communicate with your teammates in the context of each task. Plus, it connects with all the apps you already use and love like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Zapier.

Sign up and start your 14 day free trial now.

Our thanks to monday.com for sponsoring the site this week. Sponsorship by Syndicate Ads.