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.
What is the Elon Musk Way?
So how does one person launch rockets into space, carve tunnels under Los Angeles, fashion homes with reliable battery and solar technology, and create a massively successful electric car company? To no one’s astonishment, Elon Musk keeps track of his days.
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?
While there are many methods of scheduling, Elon Musk schedules his day by a method called time-blocking. And after being adjusted to fit your work-life balance, I have found that this method can maximize productivity. It is time-blocking that I find works best for my life when used correctly to fulfill my goals. Time-blocking is often controversial because many think that scheduling every minute of your day can lead to reduced work quality or stress. Still, I have found that it works best for me rather than not doing it and letting individual pockets of time go to waste.
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.
Introducing Sorted 3.
Sorted 3 takes all of the best things from your to-do app regulars and combines them with a simple but effective time-blocking experience. Sorted says that the popular to-do app, Things 3’s user interface experience, inspired some of their design ideas. But where Sorted excels is in ultimately helping to promote scheduling as a positive daily routine.
What is Sorted 3?
When you first open the app, you will find all of the standard to-do app functions, a place for your new to-dos to sort later (the inbox), your today view titled “schedule,” and lists and tags for organization. You will notice that the app works seamlessly; its design and user experience thought through to the last detail.
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
Sorted has built many of the desired essentials of modern to-do apps into its schedule tab with the time-blocking experience in mind. The Sorted 3 schedule tab perfectly integrates your Apple Calendars and to-dos. The schedule tab places your calendar events and to-dos side-by-side, effectively combining all of your tasks into one calendar for the day.
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.
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.
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.