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Everything on your to-do list must be completed within the context of time, but looking at a huge list of things can be overwhelming. Sorted takes a different approach to task management by giving you powerful tools to quickly create a plan for your day, including both tasks and calendar events, into a timeline.

In this tutorial, Mike shows you how to use features like Auto schedule and Magic Select to keep your daily plan up to date within Sorted. You'll learn how to implement schedule-based task management using the Sorted interface, allowing you to allocate time for the things that you want to do instead of feeling paralyzed looking at a long, daunting to-do list.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Installation
  • First Launch Settings
  • Interface Basics
  • Inbox View
  • Schedule View
  • Auto Schedule
  • Magic Select
  • Lists
  • Tags
  • Quick Search
  • History & Trash
  • Guides
  • Settings
  • Siri Shortcuts

App Store Links:

Sorted - App Store

Show Links:

Stay Sorted Website

Video Tutorial Comments

(23 comments posted)

Robert Gordon

Thanks for an excellent overview, Mike. How do you think Sorted compares with other task managers for Mac and iOS such as OmniFocus and Things?

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Stefano Rausch

The Auto Schedule and Magic Select features are the ones setting it apart from the other task management apps.

If you embrace the 1440 Minutes per day approach / philosophy, Sorted could be the way to go for you as well.

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Mike Schmitz

I really don't really view Sorted as a full-fledged task manager. You probably could use it that way, but IMHO Sorted is better if you have a smaller number of tasks and need to apply intentionality to your schedule and OmniFocus is for the person who needs to have a ton of detail and planning behind everything they do. Sorted does a great job of pointing you in the right direction with how to spend your time, OmniFocus gives you a database of everything you've ever done or will do.

Martin Turner

Other than maybe cheaper, why on earth would one use this app when compared to the long-used OmniFocus? Seems like just another wannabe do all/is all task manager. Yawn ...

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Stefano Rausch

It is a different ( excellent ) and more hands on approach to both task and time management. Worthwhile exploring.

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Mike Schmitz

It's a very different use-case. People are usually shocked at how little I have in OmniFocus because I don't need it telling me every single thing I need to do, so for someone like me who has a smaller number of tasks and wants a tool to help PLAN the work, Sorted is great.

David Bennett

Aaaaargh. I watched about half the video.

What an overwrought task manager.

Was it worth a screencast? Could you poll the subscribers?

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Don McAllister

Hi David, I think if you check out some of the comments here it was well received by some members. It's the usual case of "you can't please all of the people all of the time" I'm afraid. Not looking for 100% relevance for all members but hopefully looking to hit a high member satisfaction.

David Bennett

... and it doesn't sync with a desktop app.

Gray Hodge

I’m glad to see a tutorial of Sorted3. Its relevant to me because I purchased this app a few months ago.
I think it’s a worthy app, nice design, some good features.
I did/do find Sorted complex to learn and find myself retreating to the comfort zone of Things 3. I still see Things as simple and powerful. I shall spend more time learning it.

Stefano Rausch

Being a full convert coming from Things 3 — which by the way is an excellent application — the most appealing aspect for me is the merged handling of events and tasks in one timeline.

Excellent introduction by Mike!

Missed the mentioning of the ( traditional calendar ) timeline view. You can invoke it by tapping the date in the top bar.

Furthermore, a not known feature is the NPL recognition of dates and times in the title. Give it a try and look out for it on the right side just above the ( Sorted ) keyboard bar.

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Gray Hodge

Good point, I like adding tasks and events in the one place, very handy, but I would miss having a full week and month view.
Things 3 integrates calendar and tasks with a really useful scroll features under “Upcoming”, as I’m sure you know. The downside is that events can not be added or edited within Things.
Another comparison I discovered today, I wanted to print a list in Things, it worked, but lost some formatting. In Sorted there is no print function I could find.
Sorted seems keen to develope the app, I see it improving a lot in time to come. If I hadn’t invested a lot of money on Things I would happily go with Sorted.

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Stefano Rausch

Correct you are.

One downside of Thongs 3 is that if you have a lot of ( calendar ) events — because you live from the calendar — the list gets truncated ...

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Stefano Rausch

Things ...

Martin Turner

ALL of these sorts of apps are WAY TOO complex to use for those of us who just want a freaking LIST MANAGER! The "Clear" app does that and does it quite well, and Clear runs on all i-devices and the Mac (I think PC too but not sure). I don't need my hand held and told what to do and nagged when it's not; I just need a list manager that WORKS and Clear does.

Martin Turner

ALL of these sorts of apps are WAY TOO complex to use for those of us who just want a freaking LIST MANAGER! The "Clear" app does that and does it quite well, and Clear runs on all i-devices and the Mac (I think PC too but not sure). I don't need my hand held and told what to do and nagged when it's not; I just need a list manager that WORKS and Clear does.

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Mike Schmitz

I agree :) Different strokes for different folks. I wrote an article one time on the different levels of task managers. Can't wait for the new version of Clear on iOS to come out so I can cover it for SCO!

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Gray Hodge

Like Mike says, Clear would suit many people. I use The likes of Sorted and Things as a task manager, project manager and a place to get easy access to permanent notes, in some ways taking over from Evernote.

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Stefano Rausch

If you really want to KISS, what about [WorkFlowy](https://workflowy.com/)?

Martin Turner

Sorry, don't know why that posted twice and there's no "delete" button here that I see.

David Bennett

@Don McAllister Yes, I get that one shouldn't expect a 100% hit rate where everyone likes everything. I hope you found my feedback useful.

Am I correct that this app doesn't sync?

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Don McAllister

Hi David, Of course, feedback is the lifeblood of ScreenCastsOnline so all feedback is welcome and appreciated.

As far as Sync is concerned, iCloud sync will allow you to sync your iOS devices, and I would expect that once a Mac App is available that will also sync too. No idea on when a Mac app will be available though.

Gray Hodge

I believe Sorted for Mac is under development, although personally I live and work mostly with iPhone and iPad. I use the MBP less and less these days. Sorted folk use Slack to keep users up to date with developments.

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