Cheating

For the past few weeks, I’ve been battling a couple of different illnesses. First, it wast the GI flu, then it was whatever I have now. And both times, I was basically down and out most of the day. I absolutely detest getting sick, and I’m admittedly useless when I get sick. Thankfully, my wife has been able to take care of things for the most part. I just pray that she or my kids (who likely gave this to me) don’t catch it.

So in these times of being sick, I’m faced with a dilemma: how on earth do I complete my move goal? At the time of this writing, I’ve completed my move goal 296 times in a row – but it comes with a caveat. My wife will tell me that I’m cheating, but really, I blame Apple for what I’m doing. How am I “cheating”?

I lower my move goal.

I blame Apple because they really need to provide ways for people who are sick to have some rest days. How am I supposed to complete my normal 550 move goal when I have a 102ºF fever? There should be a way to change the Activity rings to a “sick” mode, where it lowers all three rings to a reasonable amount. While I’m at it: there should be a rest day, at least one day a week, that I can not complete my rings and the move goal streak can continue. Activity++ does this, and I like that the streak just continues even if you’ve taken a day off.

When I’m done being sick, I’ll change my move goal back to what it was and complete it regularly. But if I get sick again, I’ll likely lower it to reduce my stress and keep the streak alive. Sure, I could let my streak lapse and start over. But unless you’re a superhuman, it’s difficult when life gets in your way and things slip a day. I’m all for the gamification of things like activity, but I’m also going to game the system if there isn’t a reasonable way to let me take care of myself.

GoodTask 3.6 Update

There has been an update released today for my task management app of choice, GoodTask. There is a lot to unpack with this update; you can read more in the full details for the update.

There are some great things that I want to quickly highlight:

  • Full Drag/Drop support: There is a comprehensive list found in the full details. A couple of really nice touches include the ability to drag one or more tasks onto another task to create subtasks. You can also drag subtasks out to be full tasks.
  • Smart Button: Navigating your lists is now easier than ever.
  • Enhanced Tasks page: if you swipe from left to right on a task, it now puts you into the Quick Actions screen of your task. From there, you can use swipe to go to the other screens or the buttons at the top to change from screen to screen.
  • Subtasks: Subtasks have been improved by including them inline as part of the task. This allows you to see what is left of a small project and move forward.

I’m sure I’m missing some items, but it’s the things that are making me stick with this. I’m absolutely loving my time with GoodTask.

GoodTask is available on the App Store for Free with an optional (but highly recommended) IAP of $5.

Fundamentally Broken – Season 2

We’ve started the second season… series… whatever of the show. This entire run will be focused mainly on task management. It won’t be about the apps we use,1 but rather the feelings behind the how, why, and what of our task management. We’re really excited about it, and we hope you are too.

If you’re interested, feel free to give it a listen wherever you get your iTunes podcasts, or give it a listen below. You may need to reload without content blockers to show the mini-player below. (Note: this podcast does – for a reason – contain the explicit tag. Not recommended for listening around your kids. You’ve been warned.)

  1. We have websites to post about those things, after all.

Content

I’m usually stir-crazy when I use something for so long. I get antsy about what I’m doing, feel the need to change it all up, and try new things. But every-so-often, I end up finding that perfect blend of things that I need. I finally feel like I’ve hit a sweet spot for my task management workflow.

There have been changes that have lead to this: first, I strengthened my use of Drafts for trusted capture; this has allowed me to have one central place to enter everything and is engrained in my muscle memory. Then, I focused on how I get my information on a daily basis, which led me to the use of Reminders and the Siri Watch Face. I can use the Apple Watch as a tool to see what is coming next and focus my attention on my next action; I’ve even started using the Siri watch face in conjunction with my calendar, so that I can better map out my day. And when I started using the very surprising GoodTask, it has all come together in a great new package.

I don’t feel the need to change anything, and I’m sure I could improve my workflow by automating it a bit more. I just don’t feel like moving around apps and finding something else to distract me from what I’m doing. I’m sure there are some things that will change in the future.1 But for now, I’m content with what I have, and that’s enough for me.

  1. I know that Drafts 5 is coming, and I’m sure a GoodTask 4 is as well. Both will elevate my productivity to a new level I didn’t previously have. Stay tuned for that.