The SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Trailer is Even Better with Beastie Boys’ Sabotage”

This song would make any video cooler. Really looking forward to this movie.

How Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting

The addiction is real, and I think our society should be finding ways to help each other fix this issue.

I’m very intentional about the amount of time I spend on my phone, and I’m always looking for moments in my day to leave it off. I’m careful about mindlessly jumping from one app to the next, and instead, open the phone for specific purposes:

  • Writing: this is usually what takes up most of my time on my phone.

  • Pictures: a good example is the pictures during my camping trip. Even though I never opened the phone to use an app, the camera allowed me to capture incredible memories.

  • Podcasts: playing podcasts all day long, so even though I’m not looking at the phone, it’s constantly playing audio.

  • Books: I often read a lot of books on the go.

With that being said, it’s all still excuses. There’s no reason why I can’t step away from the screen more.

My Morning Routine

This is how my mornings look:

  • wake up early, 5 am
  • make bed right away
  • pack bag for day/gym
  • make coffee for the day
  • go for a walk around city
  • write for at least 30 minutes

One friend asked me how I’m able to wake up so early every morning, because she attempts to do the same thing, but usually just goes right back to sleep. Another friend told me that he couldn’t do a daily routine, because every day looks different to him.

The reason I do a mourning routine, and the reason I’m able to do it so consistently, is because no matter what the rest of the day throws at me, I can control the beginning of it. If I had nothing that motivated me to climb out of bed, then it would be easy to roll over and go back to sleep. The key is to have something that’s more important than sleeping.

  • Wake Up Early: I used to wake up and go straight to work, and not get anything accomplished before leaving.

  • Make bed: I would get home from a long day, see a messy bed, and wish I would’ve taken a few minutes to at least make the bed.

  • Pack Bag: So many times throughout the week, I would forget something at home and wish I would’ve packed it.

  • Make Coffee: Instead of buying expensive coffee, or not having time to get a coffee later, I would wish I would’ve made me some before leaving home.

  • Walk: I used to always talk about walking and living healthier, but wouldn’t have time later in the day.

  • Write: I would think about writing all day, but couldn’t find the time to sit down and actually write.

If I wake up early enough, I can do everything that I used to wish I had time for. Each one of these six things come from the desire to do more each day.

And what I love most about this routine is, it’s usually about 7 am when I’m finish up, and even though I’ve accomplished six things already, my day is still just getting started.

The Way I Organize My iPad Apps

There’s three ways that I think about the apps on my iPad:

  • Folder 1: Apple Apps
  • Dock: Favorite Apps
  • Folder 2: Everything Else

Folder 1: Apple Apps

These are the ones that are built into the iPad, like Photos, and Mail, and Settings. These live in a folder to the left of the dock.

Dock: Favorite Apps

These are the apps that are critical to my workflow, and I spend the most amount of time in. Like Ulysses, Things, Fantastical, and Tweetbot. I need them to be front and center for me to use right away.

Folder 2: Everything Else

These apps are still very important to me, but not as important as my dock apps. Netflix, 1Password, and YouTube are some of the apps that I often open the folder to get to.

Also: I turn off the suggested and recent apps feature for the dock, to keep random or recent apps from popping up on the side of my second folder.

Also: I’m always evaluating the apps I have downloaded. If I don’t need the app anymore, I get rid of it. All the apps I no longer need are always in the second folder, and usually in the back of the folder, because I move the ones I often use to the front.

Also: I use a similar thought process for the iPhone 1, with the two folder structure.

The Outdoors

Most of my life has been spent around distractions: the city, the lights, the screens, the retail stores. My dad and my brother had it right all these years. They were always fishing and hunting, and I was always doing everything but that. If I could go back to each time they asked me to join them, I’d do things differently. What I’m learning is how much nature helps with anxiety and thinking. Fresh air, trails, water, and space to breathe, are some of the purest gifts of life, but I’ve always overlooked them.

Until now.