Sorted 3 — an App to Schedule Your Day like Elon Musk

Hayden Barnes
Oct 17, 2020 · 5 min read

Before reading this product review, I wanted to state that I have no direct affiliation with the Sorted team. I am only a daily user of the app. I also wanted to say that this is my first ever product review. And I want anyone reading this to know I will only ever recommend products that I have used for more than three months, as I believe I have created a strong enough opinion on said product. And if a said product has provided immense value to my life, I will write about it. The IOS app I recommend today, I am an everyday user of, who loves utilizing Sorted 3’s capabilities for total daily productivity.

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What is the Elon Musk Way?

Elon knows what everyone knows, that if you don’t control your time, your time ends up owning you. So if you want to manage your time, you learn to get yourself on a schedule.

How does Elon do it?

The time-blocking method’s fundamental vision is to know that you have something scheduled for every waking hour of your day. I ran into a few problems trying to apply this method within the modern scheduling platforms. Calendars were a mess, and before, I tried apps like Todoist and Things 3. But I still felt like the only concrete way to block out my time was to use an old stock calendar app. (gross)

I was heartbroken about this. There was not one app known that effectively combined both to-dos and my calendar tasks into one. (At least not for a reasonable price.) That was until I stumbled upon a lesser-known app that was slowly switching its infrastructure and user base from its second app iteration into a new one, Sorted 3.

Picture of the Sorted 3 App on iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
Picture of the Sorted 3 App on iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch
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Introducing Sorted 3.

What is Sorted 3?

It is in the details where Sorted 3 excels. The main difference between your regular to-do apps and Sorted 3 exists in Sorted 3’s schedule tab. Upon opening the scheduling tab, you will find a place where all of your to-dos and daily tasks can come together for one of the most effective time-blocking experiences.

The Time-blocking experience

Next to each task or event is a due time and a box, ready to be checked off after completion. Once completed, the checked task moves to the bottom of the screen, under the completed section.

The schedule tab also allows for setting duration times for each task. The scheduling tab provides buffering functionality for those who like to take short breaks between tasks and supports auto-scheduling. Auto-scheduling is a newer feature, but one quite useful for those with many responsibilities.

If you have never used it, auto-scheduling is a feature that many calendar apps have added to help fill in the parts of the day that you don’t have concrete events taking up time. Sorted 3 excels at this; the app combines auto-scheduling with its buffering and duration features to fill in the gaps between your calendar events and daily to-dos to provide you with a time-blocked schedule where no time is lost.

Other Features

Sorted 3 also includes many other features like adding and editing notes inside of your to-dos. Sorted 3 includes to-do notes as a place where they want to innovate as well. Currently, Sorted 3 only allows notes as a part of the to-dos, for almost any type of attachment, most text formatting, and for iPad users, Scribble support. I use this feature from time to time when I have tasks I want to break down into smaller subtasks later on.

Recently, Sorted 3 has added productivity widgets that show a chart comparing your productivity of this week to last weeks (based on the number of to-dos checked off.) They also added task viewing widgets to view your tasks and to-dos without opening the app if you quickly forget what you needed to work on next.

Final Review

I give the app a 9.7/10. It has all the time-blocking features I could want. Sorted 3 is a beautifully simplistic app with the functionality to change your life. I would suggest anyone try it if they find their current scheduling methods are not working for them.The only improvements I wish I could see more of is the to-do tracking charts and for the apps to be available on other platforms besides just Apple users, but it seems like the team at StaySorted is working on both already.

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