With an heaping plate of To-Do’s piling up, I recently decided to start looking for a good task management application and recently downloaded a free trial for the Things Application for Macs. I was originally attracted to the Things application for its simplicity in design, the good online reviews, and admittedly the price ($49.95). I used the application for about a week trying to test out the advantages of the features modeled after the Get Things Done (GTD) method made popular by David Allen. The following is a review of what STOPPED me from buying Things.
Here is a screenshot for the Things Application:
The Fallout: No Sub-Folders, No Sub-Tasks!?!
Things is a sufficient tool for simple task management and probably a decent system for some. However, after a few days of using Things, I noticed that I could not make sub-folders or sub-tasks. Perhaps it is only a personal preference, but I am big on organization and want to use task management software to not only organize my personal tasks, but also my thoughts, upcoming events, business tasks, and all my entrepreneurial irons in the fire as well. Not having the ability to break tasks down into its counterparts was a big turn-off.
The ‘Get Things Done’ System (GTD)
I believe that the developers of the Things application were trying to follow the GTD system as close as they could and this is the reason that they set Things up this way. In the Get Things Done system, tasks are defined as single-action items. Anything requiring more than one task is considered a project. Therefore, a task could not have a sub-task because then it would be considered a project and a new project would need to be set up.
Things ‘Gets Thumbs Down‘
But for me, I have quite a bit of ‘things’ going on in my life and many projects that I am working on. I am in need of a task management application that can help me with some heavy lifting and organize not only my personal life but my multiple businesses as well. With so much going on, I can’t create a new project for anything I need to do that requires more than one step because I would have over a hundred projects going on at one time. This would make Things very difficult and cumbersome for me the way it has been set up.
Conclusion on Trial
If you are looking for a Task Management application for only limited personal use, Things may be a sufficient option for you. But if you have a FULL PLATE and will demand more of your task management tool I suggest you look elsewhere.
Right now I am testing a trial version for The Omni Group’s OmniFocus Task Manager and for an extra $30 ($79.95 Total) so far it is definitely worth it. I’ll be writing a review for the OmniFocus application in an upcoming article.