Things 3 is my go-to task manager. It doesn't overwhelm me or entice me into deeper and deeper fiddling like OmniFocus did; however, it requires some tweaking to meet my needs. Things 3 has a really cute "Evening" section for your tasks, but there is no way to set repeating tasks to always be Evening tasks.
If you have looked for Things 3 automation online, you may have seen this script before. I am linking it and posting my modified version below to try to expand the searchability for future me or anyone else who may be looking to have repeating evening tasks.
I have modified it for my purposes and have an AM and PM tag. Each morning my mac mini will run the script (EDIT: FYI, you must either have your mac always on, or schedule it to awaken before running this script. My mac mini is always on as a media server) and move evening tasks to the evening zone, and most pleasingly, it will move morning tasks to the today view. These tasks are already on the today view, but moving them has the effect of putting them at the top of the today view Now I can add Things widgets on iOS which show morning tasks at the top of my today list, so I remember to do them before leaivng the house
-- run first thing in the morning, e.g., from cron -- https://codingbulljunky.wordpress.com/2018/08/16/repeating-evening-tasks/ -- https://github.com/benjamineskola/things-scripts/blob/master/evening.applescript tell application "Things3" set theToken to "YOUR TOKEN" set theTodos to to dos of list "Today" repeat with aTodo in theTodos set tagList to tags of aTodo repeat with aTag in tagList if (name of aTag as text) is "☀️am" then if class of aTodo is project then set urlCommand to "update-project" else set urlCommand to "update" end if set theUrl to "things:///" & urlCommand & "?auth-token=" & theToken & "&id=" & (id of aTodo as text) & "&when=today" open location theUrl else if (name of aTag as text) is "🪐pm" then if class of aTodo is project then set urlCommand to "update-project" else set urlCommand to "update" end if set theUrl to "things:///" & urlCommand & "?auth-token=" & theToken & "&id=" & (id of aTodo as text) & "&when=evening" open location theUrl end if end repeat end repeat end tell
You can get your auth token following these steps:
For security reasons, commands that modify existing Things data require an authorization token to run. This prevents malicious links from modifying your data. This token should be passed as the parameter
auth-token along with the other parameters in the command. You can find your unique token in Things’ settings:
- On the Mac, go to Things → Settings → General → Enable Things URLs → Manage.
- On iOS, go to Settings → General → Things URLs.