One Year of Twos!

    A chance encounter with an app changed how I write things down. I know I have mentioned this many times before, but I will briefly mention it again (briefly). At the start of 2023, I had a disastrous experience with a popular note-taking app, which meant losing an entire project for work. There was no way of recovering the data, and the app’s customer support had no way of recovering what I had lost either.

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    One Year Without Gaming 🎮

    Quitting gaming helped me refocus my attention on creativity At the start of the 2023, I set out on a quest to remove gaming from my life completely. I, personally, had doubts about it being a success because gaming had been a considerable part of my life and identity (sadly). However, I knew I had a problem with working on my priority tasks over gaming. “One more go,” I would tell myself.

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    My favourite place

    Life at the beach is priceless. Every time. There are moments in life when I feel most grateful. As 2023 ends, I reflect on the most important adventures and people. My family stands out above all the rest. One adventure, where I get to relax and disconnect from the world, is my time I spend on the beach with my wife and son. Nothing beats the feeling of complete relaxation with the people you care the most about.

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    Five days of NOTHING!

    Why the five days after Christmas are my favourite time of year. I know people who can quickly tell me what their favourite time of year is. They can tell me why and make the connections to something significant in their lives. I have never had that time of year to appreciate. That was until I started reviewing previous journal entires, both handwritten and digital, spanning over the past three years.

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    What would the ideal note planner app look like for me? (Part One)

    The perfect app does not exist, but I can dream of its existence…offline. This question is something I regularly ask myself. I have used a lot of note-taking apps, daily planners, to-do list managers, productivity all-in-ones, and even Microsoft Notepad. Often, they don’t stick, or I use them half-heartedly because I worry my full investment would make it harder to switch if I found something that caused a bump in the road.

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    A brief look at how I use priorities and tags in TickTick

    ##Simple but effective use of TickTick keeps me on task. I have recently switched to TickTick from Apple Reminders due to accessibility issues on non-Apple devices and availability at work. All tasks added through Siri on my Apple Watch go into Apple Reminders and synchronise across to TickTick (a feature still missing in Todoist). Luckily, TickTick has a nice import feature to transfer tasks and their attributes from Apple Reminders, including the location reminders and recurring settings.

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    Bullet journaling in 2023 is still going strong for me.

    I am aware people on YouTube and other social media platforms say the bullet journaling craze is over. For me, it will never go away. The approach to bullet journaling has changed my life for the better. I am consistent with my journaling. I didn’t want my bullet journal to be inundated with work commitments, so I decided to split my BuJo work responsibilities from my main journal. Only the information I think it important will be added to my main journal.

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    How I deal with email as a digital minimalist

    How I deal with email as a digital minimalist Achieving email zen took time and practice Photo by Solen Feyissa on UnsplashI have a healthy relationship with email. I hit ‘Inbox Zero’ each day and I feel in control. It hasn’t always been like this, though. Years ago, I would hate the persistent notifications pinging away on my phone. There was always the high level of overwhelm initiated by the sheer number of emails I was receiving every day.

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    What I learnt from going phone-free for a week

    What I learnt from going phone-free for a week I reviewed my journal notes from the time I forgot to pack my phone charger. I thought I would share an entry from my journal of a time I unintentionally went without my phone for a week. The experience was not as drastic as expected, but it made me realise my dependency on my phone. It came at the same time I chose not to wear my Apple Watch.

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    How is my gaming challenge going? 7 month update

    Is there life after gaming? My seven-month update discusses my experience during the year. It has been seven months since I posted that I was going to quit gaming for 2023. A whole 12 months of no gaming on any platform or device. How have I held up to the challenge so far? This post will go over the ups and downs and why I am still succeeding. My post is a cumulation of journal entries and things I have recorded in Twos app.

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    Why I am quitting gaming for a year

    It has been a long-standing passion of mine to enjoy the thrill of gaming. I’ve spent countless hours competing in online tournaments, playing story-driven games, and exploring the boundaries of my favourite titles. I still remember receiving a Sega Mega Drive with Sonic the Hedgehog on Christmas Day in 1992. These days, I enjoy the time I have on the Forza Horizon series and a collection of Apple Arcade titles. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realise that gaming is taking up too much of my time and energy.

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