Import Things tasks into Apple’s Reminders

OK, so I was making a list of things to do today, but then I decided that having created them in Things, I wanted to move them to Apple’s Reminders. Don’t ask – I’m a task list fetishist.

A neat trick you can do with Cultured Code’s Things is to select a bunch of tasks and drag them to a text editor, which will create one line per task with any note appended in brackets. Looks sort of like this:

This is all very well, but there’s no simple way to get that list into Reminders without copying and pasting the relevant bits individually. That sounded boring, so instead I learned enough AppleScript to do it automatically. It probably took more time, but it was definitely more amusing. Anyway, it was that or complete the bunch of tasks I’d just written down.

Here’s the AppleScript code to accomplish this feat.

Yes, I know. AppleScript is weird.

So, now that I’ve written the blog post about the script to migrate to one task manager from another the list of tasks I made of things to do this morning, it’s this afternoon. Yay!

4 Replies to “Import Things tasks into Apple’s Reminders”

  1. Thanks, James. I’m not much into Apple Script, but using your script I was able to import a long .txt file list into Reminders today. Just had to personalize the file location, and the script worked like a charm.

  2. A quick question. As a German I’m having Umlauts and special characters in the text file. Any idea how I could rescue them?

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