With the news of Elon Musk buying a stake in Twitter we mysteriously get the announcement that Twitter have been working on one all along and surprise surprise it’s being given to subscribers. I’d expect it to stay this way but it got me thinking that not even an edit button would get me using the official Twitter app.
I’ve been using Apple Reminders on and off for a couple of months now quite happily but the latest iOS update (for me at least) has broken the UI.
You’ll see from this image that it shows I have 0 items due today, which isn’t correct. I have 3 things due today. The widget shows it and also the today view when I drill down into it but at this top level, it shows me 0.
It’s been a while since I shared one of these but thought it was time.
The main change over my last ones is the move to Apple Calendar (from Fantastical) and Apple Reminders (from Todoist).
The main reason for this is simplifying my setup. I realised in figuring out my schedule that I don’t need to be paying for third party solutions. I don’t run a business and with the bug fix in the latest iOS it’s become usable for me. I still wish the macOS app was better but I’ll take it over paying monthly for a to do app.
I still use Reeder for my RSS, Apple Music for my music streaming and Glass has become my favourite place to look at images.
At last, I’ve been reporting an issue to Apple for ages and it’s finally fixed. Prior to iOS 15.4 I had tags that no matter how much I tried I couldn’t delete. The related item and list were gone but the tag remained. Well, I’m now able to delete these leftover tags and move on.
This is a really great fix for me and I might even start using Reminders again.
I’ve started to duck into the world of meditation and it’s become clear straight away – meditation is a business.
I’ve been looking through the App Store and coming to the conclusion they are the next big scam.
Apps like Calm, Headspace and Ten percent happier all track you.
If anyone has any suggestions for mindfulness apps that don’t track everything you do please let me know.
I’ve realised that for quite a few years now my writing workflow hasn’t changed. It’s actually a very simple one too. If I’m writing on the blog I’ll use the WordPress app or the WordPress site and just type it up and publish straight away.
For freelance I’ll use iA Writer then submit.
Out of all of my workflows, the one I use the most is the simplest.
Maybe there’s a lesson there that I can use when thinking about my productivity apps 😀
I’ve been a Todoist user on and off for years now and I’m also part of the affiliate program but I’ve been trying other apps lately. I’ve tried Reminders, Things and Omnifocus.
In the end though whilst I do have my problems with Todoist I keep coming back.
Here’s some of what I do like
- Sync is rock solid
- Repeating reminders are easy to implement with natural language parsing and they are easy to see
- The app doesn’t clutter itself with things like timers or habits
- The Home Screen widget is reliable at updating when the app is updated
- It adheres to the accessibility settings of my device
- It’s a dedicated team. With something like Reminders I feel that if I have bugs I’ll never have them resolved and the app will stagnate for years now it’s had a bit of an overhaul. Apple don’t have a dedicated Reminders development team to keep it up to date and move it forward
Here’s what I don’t like
- Cannot set the theme of the widget independently of the app. I like a light mode in the app but want a dark mode on the widget
- I’d like to see Calendar integration into the today and upcoming views like Things 3 does
- Creating sub projects is still a little fiddly
So with any to do app you pick the one that annoys you the least, for me it’s Todoist right now. What are you using?
My dock switches around a bit over the course of a month but this year I’m trying to calm things down a bit and stick to a setup.
With this in mind I switched up my dock to cover my most used apps.
- Messages: probably my most used app. Lots of iOS within my friends but I do also use Signal for those on other platforms.
- Things 3: I’m slowly switching over from Todoist and want to give Things another try. I love the widget and today view with calendar integration. I do still wish that the developer would allow me to increase the font though.
- Music: After a brief stint with Spotify I’m back and happy with Apple Music. I like the UI and lack of having podcasts thrown in my face every time I load the app
- Camera: I like having quick access to the camera in my dock. It’s been there for years for me and it’s muscle memory at this point.
What’s in your dock?