Things: Import from a plain text file!

Creates a to-do for each line in a plaintext file.

Source: Importing To-Dos From Other Apps | Cultured Code

I did not realize this was an option. I’m excited because I learned about duplicating projects, which means I can effectively reuse checklists, such as a packing list for trips.

In practice, I’d do the following in less than a minute:

  1. Copy and save an existing list from Simplenote to a plain text file.
  2. Run the script.
  3. Select the text file I created.
  4. Watch Things import them into the Inbox.
  5. Move the to-dos into the desired project.

The script allows you to enter a title and note for each to-do, nothing more.

If you need to tag in bulk, you can follow these steps:

  • Specify keys to be used for each tag. You can view the Tags window with the keyboard shortcut Command–Shift–T.
  • To select multiple to-dos, hold Command (⌘) while selecting each to-do. To select all to-dos in your current view, press Command–A (⌘–A).
  • Decide on the tag(s), then use your configured keyboard shortcuts.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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