Why I’ve switched to TickTick

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I’m using a new to do app (again!) and this time it’s TickTick, an app I’ve seen in numerous screenshots but never really given a go.

It’s a free app that offers a subscription that gives additional features such as notifications and calendar functionality.

I’m not writing a full review but I wanted to highlight some of the things I really like about using it.

Habit tracking

It’s not normal for a to do app to offer habit tracking but having it integrated into my to do and calendar makes a lot of sense. I don’t track a lot, just a few things like getting out for a walk.

The way to add them is intuitive and you simply tick them off as you get through them. If you don’t achieve it that day you simply leave the habit undone that day.

Customisable tab bar

I like that you can customise some of the way your app looks. I have quick access to the to do, calendar, habits and search.

Widget

The app offers two widgets, I use them both. You get a calendar view that you can tap on to see the whole week, something that I used to use a separate app for. The second is a traditional list of what you have due today.

Projects and sub tasks

The app is clean and various smart views such as tomorrow are easy to get to. Projects are easy to create and can be organised into folders. Tasks can be further broken down into sub tasks. This is something that I’ve started to use a lot more for when a task is a few steps and it’s overkill to create a project for it.

Options for repeating tasks

Having lots of options for repeating tasks is a big win for me, I like how I can separate weekday tasks vs ones I want to do every day.

The watch app

It’s one of the more reliable when it comes to sync and it’s complication and UI are simple to use.

Privacy

TickTick are using AWS as their backend and restrict access to a small number of staff so I’m comfortable with using it to store my tasks.

Initial thoughts

I’m only a few days in so I’m paying my subscription monthly if I move to Reminders in iOS 13, something that I’ve tried to use but iCloud is so unreliable at the moment I gave up. Based on my usage of both the new Reminders and TickTick though I may not be tempted as this app is fitting well with how I’m working these days. Let’s see how the coming weeks go 😀

Why I stopped using OmniFocus

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I’ve been a user of OmniFocus on and off for years but on the most recent test I finally decided it isn’t the app for me.

I still think it’s one of the quickest ways to get stuff out of your head and into an inbox but for me it was adding a layer of detail that I needed to stop fussing over.

I liked the forecast view where I could see what my day looked like, including Calendar appointments but being fixed to scrolling sideways and showing tagged or items with a specific due time was limiting for me.

I do a lot of repeating tasks and found that OmniFocus wasn’t the quickest to enter these but to be fair if did have the most flexibility of the apps I tested in terms of options.

At the end of the day I just don’t think my brain works in a way that OmniFocus likes. I like to have a free today list with no time elements, I like to see my calendar in a scroll view and whilst a good Apple Watch app I found it too fiddly to get it to work as I need I.e. I wanted everything that I might do today and not just with a due time. I tagged ‘today’ but couldn’t get a perspective to work on the watch well.

Don’t get me wrong it’s one of the best apps out there but I’ve finally come to the conclusion it isn’t for me.

How to create sub tasks in Reminders on iOS 13

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I’m discovering more and more about Reminders in iOS 13 and wanted to start to focus on sharing it. First up is the ability to create sub tasks, something I enjoy to do if I need a little guide to follow.

First up tap the little ‘i’ next to the task name you’ve created.

Next tap on the ‘Subtasks’ section.

You can now enter your sub tasks. When you’re done tap details in the top left to go back.

You’ll notice reminders doesn’t keep the order they were created.

You can tap, hold and drag the sub tasks around to your liking.

Rediscovering RSS

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I’ve flirted with RSS in the past, well before Twitter came along. I got to rely on getting my news from there instead of reading the sites directly or their RSS feed. Now I’m pulling back on Twitter I rediscovered reading sites directly via Safari. This was all well and good but time consuming, I don’t like Apple News particularly either so thought hey I remember you, you’re RSS.

I had a look at the apps out there and chose to use FieryFeeds.

It took me a few minutes to figure it all out but I keep it pretty simple. I simply added the sites I visit one at a time, the app finds their RSS. I can now either go to the RSS direct or see a compiled view of what’s been going on using the Today section. I paid £9.99 (yearly) to the developer to support the app and get iCloud sync of my feeds for more than ten sites.

How I’m using GoodTask

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I wrote that I wanted to stick with iCloud and if you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that Reminders does my head in. I moved over to GoodTask a little while ago but didn’t commit to using it until a month or so ago. Here’s how I’m using it.

Apple Watch

Reminders doesn’t have a new complication so I’m using GoodTask to show me how many items I have due today.

Today widget

The widget shows me both my reminders and appointments on one view. This means I can see my day in order and also means I can use one widget instead of two.

Lists

I’m using lists to categorise all of my tasks. Still getting started but here are my lists so far. I’m also using Overdue, High Priorities and Within 5 days.

Today with no time

Using Reminders in the standard app doesn’t let you mark a task due just today, you need a time. I don’t like this to be the only way of doing it. With GoodTask I can mark something due just today and not worry about adding a time element.