Balanced for iOS - Task Management For The Soul

Task managers are great. Apps like OmniFocus and Things are robust and flexible and can be customized to your hearts content. They keep you in track of your must-do tasks.

Then there are those tasks that you want to get done but you don’t know when to do them and you don’t want them cluttering your main task management system. You just know that you want to do them a few times a day, week or month. In other words, you want to turn them into good habits.

For this I’ve really been enjoying Balanced for iOS. It’s got a great interface that feels light hearted and delightful to use. There are no checkboxes that are staring at you like an army general that will make you do push ups for not adding that check mark. If you can’t do the task you can just swipe to the left to skip it and the task will go to the bottom. No muss no fuss.

When you create a task in Balanced all it asks for is how often you want to do it. When it’s been a while since you’ve done it, the task will rise to the top of your list. It also has suggestions to get started that are nice. Like drink water and meditate. The key to doing these things is scheduling them to a minimum amount of times you want to do them. For drink water I put 2 times a day. I’ve actually been drinking a small glass at least 5 times a day. Pretty soon I'll be drinking 8 as some people recommend.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to put it on your home screen to remind you every time you look at your iPhone. Give it a try and if you have a lot of these types of tasks in your primary task manager start moving them to Balanced and see if you get them done more often than before.

By the way, I'm swiping done Write a Blog Post... now.

Day One Free For iOS and Discounted For Mac

Day One has been a staple in my life for many years now. You can download the iOS version for free for both iPhone and iPad (usually $4.99). The Mac version is also on sale at $6.99, 30% off the usual price.

I'd like to think that your memories are worth way more than that. Go grab them before July 10th.

I wrote a little about how journaling with Day One has helped me.

Evernote Web Clipper for Safari - Good Just Became Great

I was a fan of Evernote before it was cool!

That's what I'll be saying when I'm an old man and everyone will know of Evernote or, most likely, some competition. Google perhaps…

If you don't know what Evernote is by now then you're doing yourself a disservice. I've talked about Evernote since way back. It's the best way to save everything bit of data that bombards you from every screen you look at to physical things you want to remember via a simple photo.

One of the easiest ways to get things into your Evernote is by using the Evernote web clipper. Before, all it could do was clip a web page into your Evernote account but earlier this week they released new features that let you mark up a web page and send it to your account as a screenshot rather than just the normal contents. It's like they stuck all the features of Skitch and crammed it into the web clipper before you even send it to Evernote.

Evernote has come a long way and I don't see them slowing down. It even showed up on Time magazine last week.

You can download the Evernote web clipper for the browser of your choice here.