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All the “Things” 2020

I’ve been using the Things app to track all my personal todo’s and projects for a couple of years now. I love this beautifully simple Mac-assed Mac app and use it all the time.

I recently discovered how to get access to the Things database and was finally able to answer some questions about how I have been spending my time.

So, with that, here are some highlights of all my “Things” in 2020.


In 2020, I completed 108 personal projects. A project can be something small like “πŸ“ Declutter 2nd floor”, medium like, “πŸ›³ Renew passport”, or big like “🎸 Convert my guestroom to the studio”. (I always include an emoji in my project name because somehow it helps motivate me.)

Some favorite completed projects of 2020 were “πŸ—³ Vote”, “πŸ€Ήβ€β™‚οΈ Plan for best self”, “🧠 Mental reorg”, and my favorite for 2020: “🦠 Corona?”

I canceled 9 projects, including “🌢 Home Gardening!”, “πŸ“˜ Journaling”, the weird exercise kick of “πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™‚οΈQi Gong” and “πŸ₯‹Grav maga”, and the most fitting cancellation for 2020: “πŸ¦ƒ Holiday family plans”

I completed 11 projects to “fix” things, including “🐍 Fix that slot under my door”, “πŸ₯ Fix drums”, “πŸ”§ Fix that broken drawer in the kitchen”, and “✍️ Basic blog fix up”


On a finer level, I completed 2565 individual tasks in 2020, or about 7 per day.

I canceled 521 tasks in 2020, about 1.4 per day.

At year’s end, I currently have 62 projects in progress. πŸ€”


For reference, here is a sample SQLite query to find all the projects created and completed in 2020.

SELECT title, date(creationDate, 'unixepoch') as start, date(stopDate, 'unixepoch') as stop from TMTask
WHERE type = 1
AND status = 3
AND date(creationDate, 'unixepoch') BETWEEN '2020-01-01' AND '2020-12-31'
ORDER BY creationDate

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