I have been super busy trying to prepare for quarantine the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been writing much, I haven’t been on my social media, or engaging in my chatgroups as much as normal. I will be trying to change this behavior ASAP. I still have a lot of topics I would like to write about, and I’m working on those now, and I’m starting to interact more in other places. I hope you all stay safe in this challenging time.
For years I have hosted a group chat about Apple, apps, tech, homescreens etc. The group has changed names plenty of time, and has changed members quite a few times over the years as well.
It has also changed apps that we use a lot, probably more times then users would like.
We have tried them all, from flash in the pan like that yahoo messenger, to Twitter group DM chats, to skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, the other google chat app, Groupme, Signal, iMessage, you name it.
It really always boils down to two apps and two distinct sets of people who love each app and won’t use the other.
There are the Telegram users, Telegram is an amazing app, it does everything you want a chat app to do and more, the negatives for myself is connectivity, it has that problem a lot, and sometimes I think it’s going to suffer from bloat, because I don’t think it knows whether it wants to be a fun social chat app or a more business focused chat app. Looks wise it’s beautiful and functionally soild though. The users who use this app generally don’t like to use a different app.
Then there are the WhatsApp users, WhatsApp is a solid app, it is the most used chat app around, it is fully featured, the look is a little dated, but it’s rock solid and I have never had any connectivity issues. It’s very slow to implement new features, and it’s biggest turn off to people is that it’s owned by Facebook. Which admittedly can be a huge turn off to some people who don’t use Facebook or are worried about privacy issues.
I tried using a Twitter DM as a happy medium but so many people hate the stock twitter app and use a 3rd party Twitter app that that wasn’t a solution either.
It always essentially boils down to these two groups of people who prefer one app or the other. And then inevitably it gets stressful to me, because when people are just chatting in a group that I have worked hard to put together what no one sees is the DMs from people saying I wish we were in Telegram, I wish we were in WhatsApp, I wish we were in Slack, then I get in my own head and think, would we get more people here? Or would we get more people there and I get stressed out and I just shut down. I say fuck it, it’s not worth my mental stress worrying about all these people when I have other things in my life to worry about, why let something fun be stressful. So then I delete all the chats and vanish for a while, then wash, rinse, repeat. It’s a never ending cycle.
What I realized now, is that maybe I will end the group chats altogether, not right now but someday, and that I can’t make everyone happy. But I am going to pick an app to stick with and keep that group and for people who wanna join great, and for people who don’t I’ll see ya some other way. And if you DM me about wishing you were in another app or bashing the current app, I’m gonna delete ya, and unfriend ya, because it’s not worth my mental stress.
And if you are interested in joining our group, please hit me up on Twitter at @Jasonmendeloff and I can add you.
We meal prep virtually every week, I can’t remember a time in the last year when we didn’t, except for last week, it totally threw me off, we had a hectic Sunday and just couldn’t get time, and with 2 small kids, activities for them and work for us, Sunday’s is the only time we have to meal prep.
Last week my week was totally thrown off, I had to adjust my daily routine to try and scramble to make something before work, or stress about what I was going to get at lunchtime, and for two of us eating out for lunch 5 days a week can be quite expensive, there are healthy options, my work is right by a subway so that’s what I chose, but doing that three times last week was a little much.
So this week we got right back at it, meal prepped and ready to go, it just puts my mind at ease that I know we’re spending no extra cash, and that I know exactly what I’m putting in my body, as I am very much in the middle of a body recomposition and my focus has become very much into working out, being active and eating healthy.
Mixed brown rice and ground turkey, steamed broccoli, almonds, yogurt, and pinapple
So now I will relax Sunday night knowing our meal prep is done and that we are back in our weekly routine
Over the years I have tried to use a number of health and fitness apps only to realize the things they were trying to get me to do I did already.
I have tried to keep Waterminder installed multiple times over the years, it’s an amazing app and top of its game for what it does but what I realized is I already drink a ton of water a day and when it reminded me I never acted on it I just swiped away the notification and then eventually deleted the app because I found it redundant.
I have tried many calorie tracking apps over the years Calory , My Fitnesspal, Lose It! , all with the same result, I would never remember to log my food and it was a tedious process, again, all great apps but I realized I meal prepped every week and I ate as healthy as I could so I didn’t really need that either, also as I am eliminating subscriptions that was another one I could remove.
I tried Zero which is an intermittent fasting app, again great design and very useful for a lot of people but what I found was that I ate at dinner every night and then didn’t eat again till breakfast every day, and it was consistent, so I didn’t really need an app to track that.
I tried Oak which is a meditation app, it’s great but for me I found 20 or 30 mins of yoga when I was feeling stressed worked out great for me.
I tried Zones which is an intensity tracking app, again, I got all the same data pretty much in workouts and sometimes I had issues with syncing, so I deleted that as well
I tried most of the heart tracking apps, some were good others not so much but I found that the heart rate app and the info in the health app was sufficient for me, I suffer from indigestion induced AFib so that’s an important one for me and When I am in AFIb I download Heartwatch but it hasn’t been updated in over a year so I don’t really keep it downloaded unless I’m in AFib.
I tried all the sleeping tracking apps as well and AutoSleep is by far the best IMO I have that downloaded and will keep it downloaded, I check and use it daily.
So for me I found that the less apps I have the easier my life is to manage, and that I kept apps around for no reason and didn’t really use them, and that I can manage a lot of health related things without relying on an app. Others are not that way, and these are all great apps and if they help you that’s fantastic but I’m finding I actually use less and less apps on a daily basis so I have been purging the ones that are non useful for me.
I have recently shifted spending a lot of time on tech to spending a lot of time researching health related items, workouts, healthy eating, sleep effects.
In my research my wife pointed me to Instagram, now for my social media use people know I’m a twitterholic, and I used Facebook to keep up with local events and my family and friends, instagram never usually had a place for me, it always fell kind of in the middle, the place where I posted pictures of nights out or my kids, I never thought it could be a place for research.
So I started looking and I found many accounts that I now follow, workout routines, health coaches, healthy cooking and it turns out it’s amazing for that. I would have never guessed. Now I check my instagram more often than my facebook and my wife and I are always sending each other something we have seen on there.
Here are some of my favorite profiles
Here’s my latest homescreen, I have switched around a bunch of apps, I have switched around my processes and some of my workflows, added new apps and got rid of a bunch.
Sorry for the gap in writing, it has been a crazy month, I haven’t gone anywhere and I will be writing about all these things soon.
I recently decided to take a break from extra chat apps, I deleted them off my phone, Slack is gone, Telegram is gone, and WhatsApp is gone.
The reason is I’m really getting focused on fitness and health related things, and even if I put a chat app on a second page or in a folder I can’t stop checking It randomly.
I also find myself spending time in them that could be much better spent elsewhere, and I have noticed myself being not as present with my family or what’s going on because I’m wondering what was said by who, etc.
By deleting them I no longer have that option, and it’s a great fit for me, I still am using Twitter and iMessage, that’s plenty for the time being.