My New Focus


Lately I've noticed a change in the way I've been managing my time. I've put more of an emphasis on social media and things that I don't need to worry about than I should. So after a lot of thinking, I have decided to change my lifestyle. I have decided to change how I spend my time, and I want to be more focused and productive. It will be an ongoing process, but I'm ready for it.

The first step to this process? Change the homescreen of my iPhone. I will detail why each app made it there below. I will travel down columns, rather than by rows, following each color (yes I am that kind of person).

The Apps

Calendars : I put everything into my calendar. From just hanging out with friends to dedicated study time, I put it all in. I need a way to keep track of my hectic schedule, and this is my favorite calendar app I've ever used.

Wunderlist: As a busy college student, I need a way to keep track of all the things I need to do. I prefer Wunderlist over other task managers because it is beautiful, simple, and does only what I need it to do. It doesn't have a long list of features I will never use.

Hatch: Because I love my little fugu! His name is Calder and I enjoy checking in with him a few times a day.

Editorial: I want to write more, and to help myself do that I am moving Editorial to this designated spot on my phone. It is in a row by itself, and I will see it every time I unlock my phone. I use Editorial to outline new posts, and edit ones in progress.

Gymaholic: I workout every morning, and this is the best app for keeping track of sets and weights during a workout at the gym. I mostly use the watch app, but the iPhone app is very nice as well.

Lifesum: I am a bit of a health nut, and enjoy working out and eating healthy. I like Lifesum so much more than MyFitnessPal and others because it looks so very good, and once again, it has only the feature set I am looking for, nothing superfluous.

Duolingo: I have been working on learning Spanish, and Duolingo is how I've been doing that. A fantastic app that teaches very well.

SoundCloud: Ususally my soundtrack at the gym; I follow lots of DJs that make great mixtapes that I like.

Audible: I read books on my Kindle and listen to them on my phone. I use the wispersync feature to pick right up on my phone where I left off while reading on my Kindle (It's pretty much magic).

Instagram: The only social media platform I am allowing myself to use. I follow lots of people who explore and post amazing pictures of the outdoors. I like to check it about once a day to remind myself how much I want to get back out in nature.

iStudiez Pro : As a busy college student I need something to keep track of all my assignments, tests, grades, and when everything is due. This is the best app for the job, hands down.

Day One: I want to put more time into journalling, and hopefully leaving Twitter (for now) will allow me to spend more time jotting down my thoughts and stories.

Elevate: In order to strengthen my focus I also need to strengthen my brain. Elevate allows me to do just that. I have been using Elevate for about a year now and I still complete my three study games almost every day.

Podcasts: I like listening to podcasts when I am driving to school, running errands, or walking between classes.

Messages: This one is mostly self-explanitory. I keep up with my friends by using messages.

Mail: All important school announcements and newsletters come in the form of email, so I need to keep on top of that.

Music: While I don't tend to listen to much music on my phone (outside of the gym), I like to keep the Music app readily avalible for those times when I do want to listen to some tunes.

Final Thoughts

I am constently thinking of more ways to help myself become a more focused individual, and I will probably detail those out in later posts (things like using Do Not Disturb well, limiting the amount of information I take in every day, etc.). But for now, this is where I am. These are the steps I am taking to become a more focused person.

One of the biggest decisions I've made in the past week or so is to leave Twitter for the time being. While I highly value all the people I follow and their opinions, I feel like I take in too much information every day. To limit that feeling of being overwhelmed, I am working on decreasing the amount of information I will put in front of my eyes every day. I plan on writing more on this topic when I have more of my thoughts together about it, so you should see that in the next week or so.

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Nathan Ansel

Nathan Ansel

Nathan is an iOS Developer that has a passion for making beautiful, well developed apps. He loves Swift, fitness, and playing video games. He can be found on twitter at nathan3o4.