@KaizenRay @mikeschmitz and others…
First off, great thread. I have found that I love a good discussion about task managers almost as much and trying lots of different task managers instead of doing my actual work sometimes. Very meta.
In response to your question, Mike and post KaizenRay, I too have settled on Things 3, but this was after a long journey trying lots of them. Really though, it has been either Things or OmniFocus for me. I started off with Things 2, wished it could do more, switched to OmniFocus 1, then 2, then Things 3 came out and it was exactly what I wished it had all along, so I switched back.
What do I like? The simplicity. The quiet power and the Nuance. I love how minimal it feels, yet it is so expandable and adaptable. I love the organizational abilities it has. I LOVE the UI. It is like art. The way the dialogue boxes subtly animate, the color contrast, the flawless cloud sync and the typography. It is pretty and capable.
Do I miss OmniFocus? I miss perspectives and I really miss the Review perspective. But those are not enough to bring me back.
The last big change I made when moving back to Things was that I decided to heavily cull what goes in there. Instead of it being a GTD dumping ground, I only moved in a few action items for each area of my life. That way it never feels stale, has way fewer and more significant items in it, and therefore makes me want to actually do the small list that I see before me! Imagine that.
Regardless of the task manager, I have learned that the smaller the list, the more likely I will engage with it. That is why I have moved all larger projects and someday/maybe tasks to Trello. For some reason messiness, and clutter don’t bother me nearly as much in Trello as they do in a task manager.
Anyways, this always feels like a never-ending quest, but for the moment, Things 3 is singing my song.