Learn how to add a reminder to your to-dos in Things.

Getting things done usually means diving into your to-do list and working without distractions. But when you’re deep in focus, a gentle nudge is sometimes needed to remind you about a to-do that you can only do at a particular time.

A reminder is set via When. It reminds you to start a particular task. Here’s how to add one:

  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Click + to add a new to-do.
  3. Inside the to-do, click + Add Reminder.
  4. Type a time.
  5. Click Done.

If you prefer to use Things from your keyboard, you can press ⌘ Cmd S and use natural language to set a reminder time.

iPad & iPhone
  1. On your iPad or iPhone, open Things.
  2. Tap + to add a new to-do.
  3. Inside the to-do, tap + Add Reminder.
  4. Set a reminder time from the time picker.
  5. Tap Done.

To assign reminders to existing to-dos, make use of our handy gestures. You can always use natural language in the date picker to quickly set both a reminder time and start date, and if you’re using Things on an iPad with a hardware keyboard, make use of our powerful keyboard shortcuts.


In Things for Vision, please follow the same steps as described in the iPad & iPhone tab above.

We suggest using reminders sparingly. Keep in mind that each reminder will interrupt what you’re currently working on.


Is the reminder persistent?
No. Reminders are not alarms. They won’t keep “ringing” after the initial notification.
Can I sort my to-dos by reminder time?
No, not at this time.
Can I snooze a reminder?
Yes. You can snooze a reminder for 10, 30, or 60 minutes at a time.
Can you leave the date picker open after I picked a start date?
If you are setting both a start date and a reminder, and the date popover keeps closing on you, simply use natural language input to set everything in one go.
Can I customize the notification sound?
No, not at this time.
Can deadlines have a reminder?
No, not at this time.