Subscription Fatigue

I used to think that it was a myth, people being ridiculous, until it happened to me.

That’s where I’m at right now, I’ll write more on my setup this weekend, but I have gotten rid of all my subscription apps, except one workout one I’m giving a shot for a month.

I don’t mind paying for a subscription that adds value to me but I have found that there are some great stock, free or one time purchase only apps out there that can do the same things as what I have been doing.

Now I’m not saying I’m against subscriptions, app developers need to make money as well, and I never mind supporting them, but it has just gotten overwhelming to check my bank statement and keep seeing I’m being charged for so many subscriptions a month.

I much prefer the one time purchase or even a lifetime sub option where I can pay once and done, I know those aren’t always practical for developers but they are practical for me.

I will be staying this way for the foreseeable future and I’ll write something longer this weekend about how and what apps I’m using and what I switched.

Todoist Shopping List

One of the many reasons I like Todoist as a task manager is the fact that I can add a shopping list project and be able to switch the Apple Watch views so I can just see that project and easily check items off one by one when I’m at the grocery store.

To change what your viewing in the Apple Watch just go into Todoist and then hard press and hold and it will say change view then you can pick any list to view, choose the shopping list, then all your items inside that project will be available to view.

Just simply leave the app open on the watch and every time you raise your hand the list will be available for you to check items right off, makes a trip to the grocery store a breeze.

Quick and easy to check off items

Download Todoist Here

Taking A Break From Chat Apps

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.

The Last Two Weeks

I haven’t been writing much because ive just had a stressful couple of weeks, had some major car issues, so I had to get a ride to work, getting up earlier than usual, then worrying about it at night so I haven’t been getting enough sleep, finally got that fixed tues night.

Then last weekend we took the kids sledding and my son went down the hill and it was a huge hill all ice, just one walking path to get back up, and got scared when he got to the bottom because people can’t control where they go on the sleds and he almost got slammed into, so I went rushing down to get him and I slipped on the ice and my left leg went down and my right leg stayed planted and I just felt a pop, so I feel like I tweaked something, it still is hurting a week later.

I haven’t been able to goto the gym in like 2 weeks because of only having one car since I was working on mine and making sure the kids get to their activities and I couldn’t do anything anyways because of my leg, I could barely put pressure on it until tues.

On Wednesday my wife’s grandfather passed away, he took a turn for the worse on Monday and then passed on Wednesday but he was dying slowly for three days, which is extremely painful to watch and deal with especially for my wife, they were very close, and all of us thought he would live forever, he was super tough and had such a great outlook on life, he was kind and generous and funny, a true great man, and an inspiration.

Last night I got sick, which I rarely do but once a year, but I think it’s from the last two weeks not getting enough sleep, pushing myself hard, and the stress of everything. I went to bed at about 8pm last night and I woke up this morning and feel quite a bit better except for a sore neck because I slept on the couch, because I wanted to quarantine myself so no one got sick before the funeral on Monday

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but things are slowly getting back to normal, so I’ll be back to writing more often and back on twitter as well.

The Fantastical Update

So Fantastical is an app that I have used off and on for years, and today it got an amazing update, one that I have been begging the developers for years to get.

I’m not going to go over all the new features and stuff, there are plenty of blogs that have done that today.

What I am going to say is that is it a subscription based app now, A move they made because if they didn’t their business would not be sustainable. I bought the subscription right away, because it was worth it to me, with all the extra features it now becomes a whole productivity hub, especially now that it has such a tight integration with my task app todoist.

I have heard a lot of people complaining about them going to a subscription model, they still are giving users who already purchased the app a few updated features and all the features they already have for free, I think that’s very fair. for me it’s simple, pay for what you will use, for me it’s worth it for that app, some people pay a bunch of money for a weather subscription, or a tv channel subscription to watch a certain program, or maybe a music streaming service, I will use fantastical daily so it’s very much worth it to me for the subscription.

Download Fantastical Here

Trimming The Fat

I decided that I was spending a lot of time messing around with my Homescreen and what apps I use.

So I went through and minimized it, I deleted quite a few apps over fifty to be exact, a lot of chat type apps, credit card and food ordering apps, I went back to letting safari do the heavy lifting for me. I added quite a few bookmarks in safari. I organized them into folders as well.

My Safari Setup 1/23

I have a dock only setup with two apps and two folders, my right hand folder has my top used apps organized into 3 pages, the left folder has everything else, the first page on the left side has important apps as well, then everything else is organized by category.

It actually makes it quicker to find things and I love have all my items down at the bottom of the screen, I have a max sized phone, and even though I have big hands it just makes it easier to have everything in reach.

My Homescreen 1/23

Twitter Revamp 2020 Part 2

I just went through and reorganized my Twitter feed again, I did it one time during the days I was off around the holidays.

This time I dialed it in a little deeper, I’ll let you know what I did. I found myself have a bunch of lists, the first thing I did was eliminate all those lists except for four, which I can now see at the top of my twitter feed, i consolidated the ten lists I had into just four. I found I wasn’t using the other lists that I had created, I was just using the four that I had pinned.

In consolidating those lists I found that a lot of them were overstuffed with accounts I didn’t really care about, I removed those accounts.

My tech list especially, I had over 250 accounts in that list, I trimmed that down to 75 people, I added some to actual following and some I just unfollowed.

Next I went through my followers themselves, I unfollowed a lot of accounts, and I added some people to lists. I really prefer to see people in my feed, no so much companies, that’s what I’m trying to find, most big companies have been added to lists now.

I’m really loving this new setup, I get a lot more use out of my twitter feed everyday like this!

On Being A Sneakerhead

Being a Sneakerhead is fun and unfortunately expensive hobby or a style choice. I am a Sneakerhead.

I have been one for many years, I can’t even count the pairs of shoes that I have. I have always used it as a style choice, I normally wear plain fitted shirts and jeans or joggers but then a wild pair of shoes. Of course the colors have to match as well, my slight OCD.

Being a Sneakerhead is a lifestyle, it means if you can’t buy them for retail price or the day that they drop, then you save and pay a premium at a site like GOAT or StockX or buying them off eBay. I have bought used pairs because it was an older pair or one that they don’t make anymore.

Just pulled out a few pairs
And a few more

I am really into Chuck Taylors, I have quite a few pairs of those. Then I got heavy into Nike’s so I have quite a few of those. Recently I have gotten into Jordan’s and that has been a whole other animal.

It’s just another hobby to go along with my tech obsession. One that I don’t see myself giving up anytime soon.

iA Writer & WordPress

I’ve really enjoyed writing and blogging, it’s something I have always wanted to do but never got around to doing. I’m glad this year I gave myself the push and just jumped in and did it.

To do my writing I use two apps, iA writer and WordPress, I use them both in different ways.

My blog site is hosted in WordPress so I use that app most often to write my posts. I also used the iOS version to create and maintain my site. The editor is great, it’s quick and easy to create posts, add pictures, links etc. It’s my daily driver for sure.

Download WordPress here

I also use iA writer, now I haven’t gotten used to all the formatting and markdown you can do with that app, but if I wanna just sit down and write something, and put out thoughts and feelings in a more long form way I haven’t found a better app.

I listened to a podcast with Greg Morris and Gabriel Santiago earlier this week and something was mentioned about having a bunch of items in iA writer and looking at them, cleaning them up and posting them.

That spoke to me, I have been using iA writer to write a lot more personal emotional things, posts and ideas, who knows if I will ever release them, but they are all there stored and in an iCloud backup file for me to access.

I love both these apps and I use them on a daily basis for my workflow.

Download iA Writer here