Tribe Reading

Shortcut to Your Tribe

Your tribe, that group of people that you connect with, is important for growth. Push each other forward.

One of the best ways to grow is to read what others in your tribe have read as well. Find an author that really resonates with you, read everything they have written, and then read everything they have read.

In the same way, that word of mouth spreads exponentially, your reading list will grow by leaps and bounds.

Thanks to the wonderful age that we live in, there is a tool to help you seek out and visually map out a web of connections: Yasiv.

Simply type in your favorite book and press “Go”. Boom. When I did research on this for an example, I searched for Do the Work by Steven Pressfield and got 86 results! At the time of this writing, it’s over 386 products. The amazing thing is I have either purchased, added to a wish list, or read over 23 of the original results. Beyond that, it found books that I’ve never been exposed to that really fit what I want to read.

Screenshot of Yasiv

Amazing.

Why Personal Trainers Can Fail, But You Got This

Oh, the joys of joining a gym. This has actually happened to me a few times in the past: I get super excited and highly motivated! It is time to get fit! Join the gym; then get sold on the idea of a trainer. Going from couch potato to gym enthusiast in an instant.

Perhaps it is part of the sales tactic but trainers seem to forget that you do not spend every single day at the gym.

The last two I had did not prescribe a workout routine, would reschedule appointments, and seemed sporadic. Perhaps it was bad luck. However, the same results in two different states at two different gym chains make you wonder.

The last trainer recommended 6 solid days of gym a week, 3 days of strength building, and 3 days of cardio. I could barely handle the treadmill for 15 minutes much less show up like clockwork.

Why? Too much too soon. The habit wasn’t formed.

The new plan? Three days of cardio for 5 weeks: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Once that habit is formed by doing it routinely for over 21 days then I will add to the regimen. I’m reminded of the following quote by Confucius:

It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.

Get to know the “why” or the value behind your new habit. This will keep you going when it gets hard. My personal fitness value is to improve my fitness, look after my physical and mental health and wellbeing. To achieve this a few of my ongoing goals are to keep my triglycerides normal, to not turn into a computer geek couch potato, and to at least maintain the weight I’ve already lost. Better quality of life.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has been doing his own research on the matter. ( Love when people in the same tribe strive for the same things! ) He has to say this on the matter:

“But what I’ve found in doing research and working with beta testers is that the most important thing isn’t some secret ideal fitness plan … but forming the habit of fitness.” ( Source )

So remember: Start small and start easy. Just start.

SaneBox – One Inbox, Clutter Free

In continuing with the theme of decision fatigue, I wanted to share a tool that I’ve been using recently that I have greatly enjoyed. In an effort to be more productive, it is suggested one should check email only a few times a day. Personally, I have to keep an eye on work email periodically.

However, I noticed that I was checking personal email on my iPhone habitually. To the point where it was becoming a distraction. Majority of my emails were not from actual people but newsletters, notifications from services online, and other forms of bacn. ( love the term, hate the connotation )

Sanebox is an amazing service. It connects to your email, any provider, and process your inbox into folders. Majority of the bacn goes into a “@sanelater” folder.

It has been super accurate and learns even more as time goes by. The service builds custom rules for you based on whom you send email to most frequently and other set rules that you can establish. If it does happen to misfile something simply drag the email to the correct folder which will “teach” the service what to do next time.

Having your email sorted automatically frees you to establish a set time, perhaps once a week, to “process” email instead of constantly deleting bacn throughout the day. This excited me so much that I had to share. Give it a try.

My Top Apps of 2017

These are short reviews of the apps that I used the most in 2017. I’ll make note of the apps that have been replaced by another app in the same category, apps that I’m using less, apps that I no longer use, and apps that I’m starting to use more.

This year, and in the coming year, I’m focused on consolidating apps. For example, instead of using 3 note apps like I was previously, I’m only using one now.

Apps that I use the most

  • Fantastical – Calendar app of choice on iPhone for 3+ years now. Use it a ton on my Mac.
  • Outlook – For the day job, the email app that I use for quick notifications and work calendar events. Keeps it sandboxed from the rest of my phone.
  • Camera – the built in iOS app.
  • Simple – best bank there is. I’m trying out Seed for business banking too.
  • Wallet – including Apple Pay via iMessage, the virtual Apple Pay debit card, and using it for companies’ reward programs. Built in iOS app.
  • Audible – favorite way to read. Using this daily.
  • Instagram – posting more again.
  • Inbox – still use this daily. I use classic gmail on Desktop and this app for all my mobile devices.
  • Facebook + Messenger
  • Swarm – checking in. Helps build my minimal journal.
  • Safari
  • Slack
  • Twitterrific – Really loving the true black theme for iPhone X. It really blends in with the device. In order to be consistent, I’m using Twitterrific for Mac too.
  • Way of Life – routines app.
  • Paprika – collect and organize my favorite recipes.
  • Lose It! – health app, used since 2009.
  • Spotify – the only service that I use for Music streaming.
  • Headspace – guided meditation for mindfulness.
  • Todoist – todo lists, project management, etc. Replaced Trello for me, so far.
  • Bear – the best note app I’ve used so far. It has simple tagging, great search, a beautiful UI, and syncs effortlessly between all my devices.
Bear TagCons -- tag icons

Tag Icons in Bear 1.4: The Tags Edition

Can’t figure out which tag produces an icon in Bear? I was able to dig through the application files and find references to them. I’ve put together this post as a quick cheat sheet or reference guide, which will help us find those elusive bear tag icons.

For a bit of background, the excellent notes app Bear released version 1.4 for iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. With that update came a new feature, TagCons, that assigns a small icon to represent over 100 tags. Unfortunately, there is no official documentation for what the supported tags are.

From their blog:

Once you get a decent tag collection going, it can get harder to find the right one in your Sidebar. To help you do less scrolling and more finding in Bear 1.4, we added over 100 TagCons — small icons for some of the most popular tags we could find.

Bear Icon Examples

Universal

With a bit of digging. I was able to find the following:

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#android
#apple
#apple watch#
#bear
#comics
* saitama
* one punch man
* one-punch man
* one punch-man
* onepunch-man
#chef
* cooking
#dev
* development
* it
* itc
#dog
* doggos
#doctor who#
#ebooks
* book
* epub(s)
* ibook
* book
* kindle
#espresso
* coffee
#facebook
#furry
#geek
* nerd
* nerds
* nerdy
#TV
* TV
* hulu
* netflix
#instagram
#ipad
* iPad Pro
#iPhone
* iphone
* iphone 7
* iphone 7+
* iphone 8
* iphone 8+
* iphone x
* iphone7
* iphone7+
* iphone8
* iphone8+
#linux
* debian
* suse
* ubuntu
#lmao
* lmao
* fun
* meme
* rotfl
#math
#mac
* macos
#mario#
* mario kart
* mario odissey — misspelled odyssey
* mario world
* super mario
* super mario brothers
#password
* passwords
#sport
* mlb
* nba
* nfl
* nhl
#nintendo
* nes
* nintendo 64
* snes
* supernes
* wii
* wiiu
#nsfw
* porn
#playstation
* ps1
* ps2
* ps3
* ps4
* ps4 pro
#reddit
* subreddit
* subreddits
#shiny frog#
* shinyfrog
#swag
* fashion
#switch
* nintendo switch
#tumblr
#ui
* design
* ux
#windows
* windows 8
* windows vista
* windows xp
* windows8
* windowsxp
#xbox
* xboxone
#youtube
* youtubers
* youtuber
#zelda
[/code]

Bear Icon Examples

Be sure and bookmark this as a reference. I’ll be adding more to the post as I find them.