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

RSS Reading

Before a couple weeks ago I had never had an RSS reader stick, I had tried numerous ones, every time a new one came out I would download it and try it I would start by dumping my feedly account into it and then just look at all the numbers of unread articles. It became overwhelming because I just wanted the numbers gone so I would just mark everything as read. Never actually reading anything, it was a total waste of time.

Then a week ago I read an article by Matt Birchler about blogs I should follow, and earlier that same day I had read a tweet about an individual using an RSS reader for just peoples blogs.

I tried it and I absolutely love it, it has just friends blogs, no news, no subscriptions, no random stuff, just friends blog posts, I have a small number of unread items, and I read all of them.

I still get my news from twitter and Apple news, and now I have a dedicated app just to read stuff from people that I have selected, with no news or filler.

I’m so glad I started this experiment, the only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner.

Have A Plan

So with the new year in full swing, a lot of people are working on getting into shape.

One piece of advice I can offer people is have a plan when you goto the gym.

I went yesterday, I thought we were going to take a day off so I didn’t plan any workout, or lookup a routine, so when we went there I spent an hr working out but it was random.

I did some cardio, I worked on a few machines, did some free weights, worked all different parts of the body, which isn’t the best for what I’m trying to do, focus on different body parts on different days.

I got a good workout in, but it wasn’t focused, and if I had made a plan it would have been so much more effective.

I just started using an app again called Gymaholic to plan my workouts, I had forgotten about it until recently when I was discussing things with a friend.

I used that app when I first decided I wanted to get into shape, I used it on my watch to track my workouts, until I found out you could not get the badge awards unless you used apples stock workout app, which I still think is nuts, but that’s besides the point.

So I spent an afternoon setting it back up, it’s a subscription based service, but it’s very worth it, with the sub you get a ton of exercises with demonstrations how to do them in the app, as well as a bunch of routines.

Download Gymaholic Here

If you take a little time to plan your workouts it will be less stressful and overwhelming once you get to the gym, especially if your new to fitness, as well as very beneficial in setting up workouts that focus on specific areas of your body.

iPhone Only

I wanted to share my unique point of view when talking about tech and apps. I manage my life on my iPhone only, no iPad or no computer.

We are on the upgrade program so every year I get a new iPhone, it’s like leasing a phone, which is great because I can always have the latest tech, I am using an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

This blog is written via iA writer or the official WordPress app on my iPhone. My task management is all handled through todoist on my phone, the games I play are all on my phone, video editors, anything I blog about is done on my phone.

Here is a blog post I wrote about my Todoist cleanup

So for me when an app updates, it never matters what they have done to the iPad version of an app. Or if their even is an iPad app. I only care what new features have been added to the iPhone version.

So when I write about apps, app updates, iOS, how I manage my life, it is written from the viewpoint of that I am iOS only, maybe someday that will change but for now I have been very happy managing everything on my phone.

One Page Or Two

I have always had this problem with my Homescreen, I can never decide between one page or two.

I try setting my screen up using one page with all apps and leaving a blank row at the bottom, and then all folders on the second page, but it just never seems to stick.

I usually have a one page setup with a row of folders on the top, idk what about one screen I like so much, but it works for me most of the time.

I do want to goto two pages because I hate the look of folders in iOS so I might reorganize it and give it a shot again, and see if it will stick finally.

My Top 5 Most Used Apps

I always like seeing other people’s top 5 used apps, so I thought I would write a post of my own.

To be transparent though, this is just my 3rd party apps, I use stock apps like music, messages and safari all the time, I just wanted this to be about apps that Apple didn’t make.

These are in no particular order

Twitter

Twitter is my favorite and most used app, I get all my news here, I keep up with my interests, I interact with a lot of friends here as well. By far my favorite social platform, and there are 3rd party apps available out there, but I prefer all the small things that make the stock app great, like topics, the trending stuff, suggestions, all of it, and I see maybe 1 ad a day. I could keep going on and on about it, but I’ll just leave it at that it’s the best in my opinion.

Download Twitter Here

Telegram Messenger

Telegram is a messaging platform that I really enjoy also. It’s extremely full featured, it’s constantly updated, and it has all the bells and whistles, total customization, from icon, to chat colors, to chat bubble colors, you name it you can do it on there. I also happen to host a 250 plus member group in there that’s devoted to Apple, apps, tech, homescreens, etc. I’ll include the link below, please feel free to join, or if you know someone who might be interested please feel free to share the link.

Link To the Worldwide Wolfpack Telegram Group

Download Telegram Here

Todoist

My task manager of choice, I have gone back and forth time and time again with task managers, but I always end up back at Todoist. I love the style and the colors and there is no quicker way to input items then with the superb NLP in Todoist, and rescheduling items is a snap as well. The share sheet is also among the best I’ve used in iOS as well. It just works with my workflow so well.

Download Todoist Here

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts has become my podcast of choice lately, I love the customization options, the new purple UI color is amazing, the sync is fantastic and the notifications are great, I have also found that the watch app works awesome and that the app itself works in more places and better than the stock podcast app.

Download Pocket Casts Here

Reeder 4

Reeder 4 is a new addition to this list, I was using another RSS reader but then I got introduced to Reeder and found out how great it was, again the customization options, from icons to colors to views and sizes it’s amazing, and I think this will be my app to stick with.

Download Reeder Here

Those are my five, I would love to hear about your top 5 in the comments, or shoot me a tweet or post in the telegram group.

Using Drafts To Track My Workouts

Recently I was looking for an app that would help me track my workouts. I realized I didn’t need to look any farther than an app I was already using.

Drafts is a totally versatile app, it can basically do whatever you want it too, from simple items to complex scripts and actions.

Download Drafts Here

So for my use I just open the app and write down what exercises I did that day.

My Workout From 1/2

Then I copy and paste it to Apple Notes, In there I have created a folder called Workout Records, In which I keep all the notes, They will be in order from the date I created them so I can have a record of everything I have done for a week.

Apple Notes View

I’m sure their is an easier way to do this and automate it and maybe create a template, I will keep researching those, I also think I will post a screenshot of my Apple Watch when I’m done with my workouts in each Apple Note as well for reference.

I’m finding you might not always need an additional tool, just maybe tweak one of the ones you already have in your toolbox.