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Why I ditched Google Tasks for Wunderlist for tasks management

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63 straight days of meditation and the false expectations of the art

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63 straight days of meditation and the false expectations of the art

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In April of 2018, Google announced a stand-alone app for tasks management called(yes you got it right) Google Tasks. The announcement was made alongside the release of the redesign of the Gmail interface. I thought it was a very smart move. Google Tasks was going to take a right-hand seat on the interface of the Gmail inbox. This would naturally allow for you to add tasks to your to-do list while sorting your emails. The Google Tasks app interface looked clean, fast and easy to use.  Then I started to notice the flaws- inability to assign tasks, no calendar sync support, inability to assign a time to tasks, no semantic input functionality, no desktop support.

No desktop support.

I understand Google’s direction of taking apps to the browser. The problem is 1000s of apps will not make it to the browser anytime soon. I want to work on my photoshop or IDE tool and then when an idea comes to mind, I can press a shortcut that pops up on my computer, write down the idea as a to-do and then move on.  I don’t want to have to start up a browser, go to my Gmail to write down a quick task.

With Wunderlist I can add a task through an overlay while in the middle of another activity

I am mostly disappointed that Google did not even think of making a browser stand-alone for this app. Neither did they think of making this sync with the tasks on Google Calendar. I think this is poor thinking if you ask me!

 

Semantic input support

Would it not be sweet if  I could type “Buy milk at 2pm tomorrow” and then a reminder is set for 2pm tomorrow for me to buy some milk?  Well, Wunderlist does this and Google Tasks is just bland. In fact, you can’t add a time to your tasks. Just dates! At this age!

Collaborating and assigning tasks.   

I have found to-do lists to be crucial to functioning with family and friends when we plan events, small projects and groceries.

I want to be able to add ‘buy more milk’ to the house grocery list and assign it to someone. Google Tasks would have done that if it wasn’t such a meaningless tool.

Calendar sync

In my article about using to-do lists in calendars, I raised points on why it’s better to have your tasks assigned to time slots in your calendar. Google Calendar has a tasks mechanism that’s ONLY AVAILABLE if you use the Google Calendar app on mobile. With Wunderlist you can integrate your tasks into Google Calendar. Google Tasks won’t do that for you

I believe strongly that good tasks management routines could save you a lot of time, and so save you some money and so save your life.  Google Tasks is just not cut out for that job.

I will write in an upcoming post how I use Wunderlist for tasks management.

Andy Puddicombe speaks to me in the mornings and evenings. His voice plays in my head, even as I write this. 63 straight days, 115 sessions and 20 hours of hearing him give me instructions cross-legged in my bedroom is in theory weird. In practice, …!

I had always been an advocate for the practice of meditation. You would think it was my father that started meditating first, passing it down to me as the family’s secret spice. And here’s why!

In my first year meditating, it dramatically helped me with depression. I wrote about it here. It opened the door of my mind to the wonders and the power of the mind. Many days I would lay in bed, launch that meditation app and fall asleep listening to guided meditation. That’s how I learned to sleep within three minutes at will. Soon enough I was this very calm person under pressure. I once heard my driver tell people that my calmness was communicable. In the heat and chaos of the cursed Lagos traffic, my patience would be palpable, I could feel a lot of empathy when people made dumb decisions.

I had done a 30 day meditation challenge that rewired my perspective of a lot of things. Including my sensitivity around people. I was now able to feel people’s energy(no, my screws are still knotted).

I use the app, Headspace for meditation. It’s probably the best app out there for meditation. The fact that I can track my daily streaks probably makes it easier for me to be more committed. It’s that commitment that finally opened my eyes to the misconception of what meditation actually is.

Misconception #1: Meditation will ease your stress

I recently made a life-altering decision. One that changed my entire trajectory. It didn’t leave me without worries and stress. When people would open up to me about some stressful situation in their lives, I would normally just smile and give a non-empathetic comment like ‘awww poor you, you need to know how to meditate’. 50+ days of meditation switched on the lightbulb in my head! It was never the meditation. It was the proper understanding of what meditation is- which is just watching your emotions without judgment! I wish I could describe this realization better! Meditation will not take away the stress. The observation of what your mind is doing when it is stressed is what helps you manage stress. That is the real art of meditating. Sounds like a foolish statement but if you get it you get it!(This is just like when I found out your hunger level is not directly proportional to the time you stayed away from food. When you feel hungry it’s literally a hormone called ghrelin just marking register. Nothing more. But I digress).

Misconception #2: When you meditate your mind is blank

I look at pictures of people who meditate and just envy the peaceful state that I can see- after all, their mind is BLANK and mine is a minefield of detonating explosives(pun intended). Is it possible for you to have a totally blank mind- where you’re not thinking about anything? Technically, that’s bullshit. Technically. Technically!

But hey! The sooner you realize that you can’t quiet your mind, the sooner your mind gets quiet. That’s the real paradox of it all. For most newbies and inconsistent meditators, the time you sit to meditate is the time your mind jumps out of the box making a mess of your internal state. This is a phase called ‘Monkey Mind’. Noticing this mess is in fact productive meditating.

Misconception #3: People and Monks who meditate are saint-like. They never get angry, sad etc.

Have you heard about the Buddhist monks in Myanmar and how they are currently persecuting the Rohingya minority and muslims? It’s one of the saddest happenings of this decade. This says a lot.

The human race is innately wicked and selfish! We all need Jesus!

That firmly said and out of the way, it’s interesting to know that people think that those who mediate have learned to suppress anger, sadness, disappointment, heartbreak. Fun fact: suppressing the negative emotions would make you worse and the potential outburst and backfire is nothing different from pumping a bottle of Coke with mentos.

To properly deal with anger and all those negative emotions, you have to take a constructive approach: discuss it, let it out, go to a confession booth, use the app Whisper(lol. you’re on your own), see a psychiatrist, talk with friends.

Conclusions

The art of meditation is the easiest form of self-mastery, yet the hardest. It’s the simplest way to rewiring your biology yet the most complex. It’s the most straight-forward way to read your mind, yet tricky!

I no longer ask people to get into the habit of meditating. I now tell them to research. Hopefully, someday they would hear a voice like Andy’s saying “Welcome to day …”

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