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.

Here’s how you can add a reminder to your to-dos:

Mac

A reminder is set via When. It reminds you when you want to start a particular task.

  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 add a reminder even faster:

  1. Select any to-do and press ⌘ Cmd S.
  2. Type a time and press Return.
iPad & iPhone

A reminder is set via When. It reminds you when you want to start a particular task.

  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.

If you’d like to quickly assign a reminder to an existing to-do, you can use a handy gesture for it. Learn more about our gestures here.

  1. Swipe right on your to-do.
  2. Pull down in the When? popover.
  3. Type a time and tap Done.

iPad users with a hardware keyboard can also use a keyboard shortcut.

We suggest using reminders very sparingly. You will be at your most effective if you can work without distractions, so only apply reminders to to-dos which are really important enough to make you stop what you are currently working on.

Reminders are not alarms. They do not ring persistently, but can be snoozed for 10, 30, or 60 minutes at a time. At this time, the notification sound can’t be customized.