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.

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.

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.

My Digital Changes

Over the last few days I have made some digital changes, meaning changes to my social media accounts, changes to the apps I use, and changes to my Homescreen layout.

For my social media accounts, on Facebook and Instagram I went through and deleted a lot of old groups, people I no longer talk to, and items I am no longer interested in, I don’t use other social media much so I hadn’t ever gotten around to that. I am a very heavy Twitter user, there I created some new lists, unfollowed quite a few tech accounts, and just streamlined my timeline.

My latest homescreen

Then I started reorganizing my apps and my Homescreen, I have always tried to organize by color and I could never get it to work with our compromising usefulness, so it took me a while to get everything right, the two apps in my dock are my most used apps and they happen to all match color wise, drafts and messages round off my dock. The other icons are what I would call 2nd tier apps, where I use them often but not as much as my daily apps, the apps in the top two folders are apps I rarely use like food ordering apps, and shopping apps, my credit card apps, etc, This layout has really clicked for me and I can see myself continuing with this setup.

I moved my task manager back to Todoist, I tried using reminders, it just took me too many taps to do what I could do in todoist in just a few, Todoist has a great calendar integration, also it has rich link previews in the comments section, and the share sheet is top notch, for my workout planning its so easy to share items I find and organize them into a project. for my needs it fits the bill the best.

I also went through and researched new workouts and established new workout routines that I have stored in my Todoist project, It makes it so much easier that everything is in one app that can handle it.

Get Todoist Here

These are all the changes I have implemented over the last few days to start 2020, Everything feels clean, fresh and organized. I think it’s going to be a great year!

New Year Organization

I have the next few days off from work. I plan on using them to get digitally organized for the upcoming year.

I plan on going through all my social network feeds and following and unfollowing people, organizing all my accounts.

I also plan on organizing my apps, deleting some and refining my homescreen. Make decisions on what apps I want to use to start off the upcoming year. Define a new workflow.

I also wanna research and find a few new workout plans that I can follow and setup a weekly routine that I will change up every 6 weeks.

I will start working on this stuff tonight, and I will write another post when I have everything squared away to update on what I changed and decided on.