Things 3

Things 3

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Things 3 Review

A minimal to-do list application with projects, lists, tasks and more for managing your workload. Things is used by productivity expert Tiago Forte, Second Brain founder.

What is Things 3?

Things 3 is an app designed to help users manage their tasks and calendar in one place. It provides intuitive features such as reminders and notifications to help users stay on top of their tasks. It also allows users to share tasks with others and collaborate on projects.

Additionally, Things 3 helps users to easily track and measure their progress on tasks and projects. With a user-friendly interface and powerful features, Things 3 is the perfect tool for managing tasks and calendar events.

This the best minimal task manager on the market. One of our favourite use cases is productivity guru and Things 3 fanboy, Tiago Forte.

Things 3 Features

Let's explore all the major and best features within Cultured Code's Things 3 app:

  • Task Management: Things 3 allows users to organize and manage tasks, including setting reminders and deadlines.
  • Projects: One of the benefits of projects is they are lightweight and perfect to organize simple and basic projects, with deadlines and due dates - even with headings too.
  • Calendar Integration: Things 3 integrates with user calendars, enabling users to see tasks in the context of their daily schedule.
  • Tags: Users can tag tasks with specific labels to make them easier to find.
  • Notes: Users can attach notes to tasks, making it easier to keep track of additional information. This isn't a large feature inside of Things 3.
  • This Evening: This is a tab within the task management area called "today" and is perfect for being able to create tasks in a different area to your today area.
  • Customizable Interface: Things 3 allows users to customize the app with different color themes and icons.

Our verdict on Things 3

Things 3 is best explained as the most simple, yet complex of the to-do list applications. It offers a unique, clean design but a function that goes almost as far as TickTick and Todoist but in a special more GTD like fashion.

Things 3 is so well crafted too, every smaller features is built to a great standard. Things 3 is a app like no other for to-do list apps. This is the best minimal to-do list app out there, and the gold standard for this space.

Things 3 Alternatives

From our expertise in productivity tools, we'd recommend the following:

  • Todoist - a great all-round to-do list app for lists and light projects
  • Sorted 3 - a cheaper, similar looking tasks app for setting up your daily schedule
  • TickTick - a budget friendly to-do list app designed for
  • Microsoft To-Do - a free Microsoft owned to-do app, good for collaborative lists
  • Akiflow - an upgrade from Things 3 with tasks and calendar in one


Clean and simple design makes Things 3 one of the best all-round task management designs out there.


One of the pieces that shines in Things is the ability to create projects, even adding deadlines, descriptions and more - but with a simple nature.


A small, but loved featured in Things is "this evening" - where you can add tasks to a separate area in "today" called this evening

When is Things 4 launching?

Things 4 is not currently available. Things 3 is the current and only version of Things. The company behind Things, Cultured Code have stated that there is no new news on the release of Things 4 despite the the 6 years since the launch of Things 3 in 2017.

How Things 3 Works

Understanding Things 3 further

Will Things 4 Be Released?

We're not sure. If history repeats, Things traditionally upgrade their tool every 3-4 years, allowing for a better system, design and overall experience. Things 3 is already very well-built, modern and offers the basics.

So a "Things 4" update would need to offer something considerably better for the team to consider another one-off cost update.

Can I Still Get Things 2?

There's nowhere we can find that offers Things 2, the previous edition to Things 3.

Where is Things 3 developed?

The team Cultured Code is based in Germany?

Things 3 or Sorted 3?

Both have similar names, but Things 3 presents a more well-rounded package for those needing a fully fledged task management application. Sorted 3 offers a good layout, auto-scheduling functions and a much lower upfront price, but Things 3 has great build quality, project functions and a stable application.

Will I always own Things 3?

That is the understanding, if you buy the one-off cost $49.99 macOS app - you will own that license, vice versa with the iPhone $9.99 and iPad $19.99 apps.

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