Getting Started With Siri and Things

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019 08:25PM CEST

This page outlines all the ways you can use Siri to create and view to-dos in Things on your mobile devices.

These instructions are for iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13, which will be released on September 24. If you are using iOS 12 or iOS 13.0, please read these notes.

Through voice commands or shortcuts, you can create to-dos without typing, template often used to-dos for quick re-use, or view all to-dos with the same tag in a breeze. Here's a rundown of your options:

Speaking to-dos with Siri

Speaking to-dos with Siri

You can speak an entire to-do by saying its title, giving it a reminder, and then assign it to a specific list. This is the fastest way to capture an idea in Things without having to type anything by hand. Here's what you can say:

"Using Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 5pm in my Shopping list."

Siri will create a new to-do with the title “Buy milk” in your Shopping project and a reminder will go off tomorrow at 5pm to nudge you to stop by the store.

Learn more about dictating to-dos.

Creating to-dos with presets

Create to-dos with presets

Are you creating similar to-dos over and over? Shortcuts can help speed up the process in situations like these:

  • Adding new to-dos directly to the Today list instead of the Inbox.
  • Adding new to-dos directly to a specific project or area.
  • Adding to-dos with a specific tag already prefilled.
  • ... and many more

In Apple’s Shortcuts app, fill out everything that’s always the same for this particular type of to-do, then add a command like:

“New home improvement idea.”

Now the next time you realize something needs to be done around the house, you can just trigger the shortcut, and you’ll be presented with a prefilled Quick Entry popover. All you need to do is enter the title and hit save.

Learn more about using presets with Siri.

Creating ready-made to-dos

Use ready-made to-dos

For those things that always stay the same, you can set up a ready-made to-do that already contains all the information you need. If you travel a lot, why not prepare your packing checklist once, so in the future you just have to say:

”It’s travel time.”

Your entire “Travel checklist”, which lists all the items you need to bring on your upcoming trip, will now be created in Things and you can get right on packing everything up.

Learn more about creating ready-made to-dos.

Having a conversation with Siri

Conversational Shortcuts

For all those times when you don’t have your hands free, you can now have a conversation with Siri: get asked for your to-do’s title, when you want to be reminded about it, or to which list you’d like it be added to. You won’t have to type a single letter.

Learn more about conversational shortcuts. (requires iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13)

Viewing a list or “pinning” a tag

Siri suggestions

Siri can help you to quickly access a specific view: instead of manually searching for your School area and filtering it by the tag Homework, a custom shortcut can do it for you:

”Show my homework!”

Learn more about custom list views.

Siri Suggestions

Siri suggestions

Siri will learn your routines and begin suggesting things that you might want to do. For example, if you open your Today list every morning around 9 AM to look over your to-dos, Siri will eventually pick up on this – and the next morning at 9, you might be greeted with a new “Show Today” shortcut right on your Lock screen. Tap the shortcut, and you’re instantly brought to the right place within Things.

Learn more about Siri suggestions.




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