I wanted an app to display daily reminders or notes to myself, something that could be the first thing I see in the morning or anytime I grab my phone when bored.
I didn’t actually get very far in my search, as I had an idea to use the iPhone wallpaper as space to show these positive notes to myself.
I cleared a line of icons from the two home page screens I have (it doesn’t really work if the following pages of icons cover the text, the notes have to be visible on every screen) and created a Photoshop document I could add notes on to any wallpaper I was currently using.
This is a little trickier to do than just installing an app, but the result is more permanent and has the added benefit of forcing you to declutter your home screen of icons.
Here’s a couple of Photoshop template documents that will help get you started;
As you can see, my list isn’t full of affirmations, there’s a positive note to myself and three daily tasks; read something, promote yourself and post positive updates on social networks (mainly so my Timehop isn’t just me moaning). I initially put 6 items on the list, more daily to do list items, but that was too many, the individual notes were squashed on to those 4 lines, it looks too busy. I also think 6 items is too many to remember and work towards each day, less is sometimes more!
So far it’s been a pretty positive experience, reading those 4 lines of text first thing in the morning and inserting them to the front of my headspace gives me a little boost each morning as well as a reminder of three of things I’d like to achieve.
I first learned about Ello from a couple of people I follow on Twitter, I had a look (it looks very nice) and signed up to get an invite — and like most new services in beta and invite only, I quickly forget about them as I never expect a quick invite — Ello however got back to me the next day. Great!
The premise to Ello is a simple one, a social network very similar to Twitter but without the adverts, promoted updates and the influence of shareholders disrupting your timeline. And so far it feels like the early days of Twitter, it’s a nice — and I mean this in the best possible way — simple place to be.
Media uploads are nice, being able to comment on (rather than reply to) people’s updates are really good, the two states of following people (friend and noise) is clever, there’s an iPhone app coming later this year — which is both good and very much needed — and so far each visit to the site has been really positive; getting feedback from other artists on a drawing I posted is always going to give me a good first impression.
The people on there at the moment seem to be mainly creatives; artists, designers, developers, photographers, musicians, etc — if you’d like to be a person on Ello, contact me here as I’ve got a few invites available.
I really dislike cleaning and I don’t think I’m alone in this thought. So when it comes around to doing my bit (which is the upstairs of our house), I’ll usually delay or leave it to last in that day’s todo list.
When I’ve run out of options and I need to get started, the one thing that helps me get into my ‘cleaning groove’ is the bathroom mirror. It’s a quick 30 second task; a couple of squirts of glass cleaner and a few wipes. I always notice the difference between how it started and the end result, this small patch of clean in amongst the rest of the bathroom is the kick I need to get on with the rest of the task at hand. Now I’ve started, I want to get it finished, I can’t undo cleaning the mirror and I need to get everything else up to the same level.
So, if you’ve got a big task ahead of you and it’s something you’ve been putting off, find a small and simple part of the job that you can easily accomplish to get you started — it’s got to be quick and ideally it should have something that can follow on naturally — from there on it’s all about momentum.
Work isn’t always a joy fuelled task list that you approach with a beaming smile and a bucketful of enthusiasm, sometimes it can be a chore that you just need to get through to the other side — and that’s OK. Just find your starting point, that one small thing that will get the ball rolling.
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