A Confession and Software Review

I’ve recently decided to embrace my innate geekness. While part of me decries my dependence on gadgets and the interwebs and wishes I could make more time for reading and being outside, the other part reminds me that I like fooling around with geeky stuff like this site, moving to a new server, switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.

I now realize the two can peacefully co-exist, and that the geek part of me can make good money which the non-geek part can use to buy books or take a vacation.

So today I want to plug a great piece of software for the Mac and iPhone/iPod touch: Things. Things is a hyped up to-do list app, based on David Allen’s Get Things Done that’s truly been helping me… get stuff done.

Let’s say I have a new idea for a t-shirt design. I’m not sure when I want to work on it or what it’ll take to get it into production. So I throw it in the “inbox,” which is a landing pad for all your thoughts/things to do. From there I can schedule it, categorize it, or put it in the “I’ll get to it someday” box. If I choose to schedule it, Things will automatically put it in my “Today” box on the day I chose.

things screenshot

It may sound complicated, but the pay off is that it forces you to pick priorities and helps you commit to them later. And analysis paralysis is half the battle for me, a dilemma that can make me completely overwhelmed and unable to accomplish anything.