I was a long time Things user, but prior to Things 3, I felt like there were limitations that held it back, to the point where certain things were deal-breakers and I started looking elsewhere for task management. I’m glad to say, though, that not only has Things 3 been my go-to task manager since launch, it works so well that I don’t feel the siren call of other apps.
Everything is really inviting and thought out. Things supports to-dos, from simple tasks to involved projects, with deceptive simplicity. What really works for me is that there’s more of an emphasis on when a task should be accomplished, as opposed to where it is filed in the system. I feel like this works so well because it’s so easy to reschedule tasks. That’s not to say you can’t impose an organizational structure to your tasks - I use Areas extensively to file stuff for the Office, Home, Personal tasks, and so on - but flexibly scheduling stuff works so well for me. I never lose track of what I could be working on.
Cultured Code should also be commended for their rock-solid sync service. I’ve never had an issue keeping task state synced across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s easy to set up then gets out of your way.
I have one small wish-list item, that I know I’ve seen other folks raise as a problem: I would love to complete future repeating tasks early. Right now, a repeating task will show up in Upcoming, but that’s only when the template will create another single instance of itself. It’s something I can work around - I set the repeat date to the first day that I could possibly want to start work on the task, and reschedule as needed - but it is a tiny bit of unnecessary friction in an otherwise smooth system.
That aside, fantastic app. Definitely worth your money!