Build the life you want with a hybrid system

Cheesy title, yes. But it describes how I’ve developed my use of various digital and analog tools over the past several years to live in a way that fits my beliefs and brings satisfaction. Is there room to improve? Of course — there’s always room to improve. But my combination of habits and tools is feeling settled and peaceful. And as many people seem interested in these topics, I wanted to share my overall system. Why paper and digital tools?Simple. Both have advantages. Digital tools are backed up, available on all your devices, and easily searchable. Paper tools…

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Getting more from Ulysses

Shawn Blanc his team have been working on a course for helping people get the most out of Ulysses. Seeing Shawn’s posts had me reviewing my own usage: he touches on a few items I was either not aware of or had never thought to try. Once he shared that he’d be building this course, I finally took the time to dig into the features in Ulysses that have been peripheral to my usage. The biggest gap was my lack of understanding of the different methods for adding to your primary content. There are four content types to…

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What’s in my Day One

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Day One. It’s an app I use regularly, yet greatly underutilize. This is partly because I lost my habit of regular journalling a few years back, the act of taking time every day to jot down some thoughts or the events of the day. Most of my Day One usage of late has been the automation of getting items in there from other sources plus tracking my Bible study. But I could do so much more with it, both with some actual, real writing, as well as some additional automated entries.…

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The best meditation app is no app at all

Drew Coffman makes an excellent observation: I have once or twice been caught in a situation where my Apple Watch is off my person or dead, and I have been discouraged to exercise, knowing that none of the data will be tracked.When the tools become the focus, we’re off target. I have to be mindful of this myself; there is a balance with these types of tools. The past several months, I’ve used a combination of Gyroscope, Moves, Rescuetime, and Apple’s Health app to track a lot of things. I’ve recently started using Headspace as…

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