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I have an app on my phone called Fabulous. Once you set it up you can create different "rituals" for yourself throughout the day. These rituals include whatever habits you want to create, like drink more water or exercise. I used to be very lazy but this app is actually really good. You just have to make sure you don't ignore the ritual notifications.
Sorry I didn't realize it was android only, but here's the link on the Google Play Store
As someone who has had terrible insomnia most if my life, I have developed some strategies.
I keep all electronics out of my bedroom, it's only for sleeping, except for my Kindle Paperwhite, which uses a different system than other devices in that it doesn't shoot blue light into your eyes. I have an evening ritual that I complete at the same time every night, thanks to great app called Fabulous, ending with reading on my Paperwhite in bed until I fall asleep. I find this works much better than trying to go screen free at bedtime. You can aldo send articles to Kindle to read later. I find this helps especially for longer articles.
I have a Fabulous ritual for morning as well that includes meds, breakfast, exercise. Getting up at the same time every day is more important than going to sleep at the same time, though both are helpful. If you have something good to look forward to each morning its a lot easier.
Fabulous does a bit of gamifying that makes it work. You get points for consistency and unlock new challenges.
I still stay up sometimes, but it's gotten way more consistent. My bedroom is also dark, cool, and quiet, and I have an old phone that runs my sleep sounds to a Bluetooth speaker.
Look up sleep hygiene if you want to learn more. Also Fabulous is a great app for generally developing better habits.
I actually agree. It's pleasing to the eye, but it sucks to look at for a long time. It's boring. It's like how almost everyone will agree that those sparkling white houses with immaculate furniture that you see in magazines are nice houses, but they would be awful to live in. I don't think we need to swing all the way back to "ALL SLIDERS TO MAXIMUM" look Vista had, but I don't like the flat look everything has now. Material design is a good in-between, but even then it takes skill to make it work. The app Fabulous does a superb job of this. It preserves the clean look of minimalism, while adding the flair and character that more baroque design theories had.
Have your meds at your bedside and set an alarm to take them about an hour before you have to get up.
As ADHDers, we are most motivated by enjoyment. So having something enjoyable to do when you first wake up, something you look forward to, is key!
Adopting a morning routine via Fabulous has made getting up much easier for me!
Another thing that has helped me is that for quite some time I've been motivated to get up because of tasks in my game that need to be done by a certain time. I have to get up and fight in the guild war or I'm letting my team down.
This only works because I leave my phone in the living room and don't take it to bed with me! Doing this has also helped me sleep better so I have more morning energy and it's easier to get up since I'm not tired from staying up late.
I also recommend reading up on sleep hygiene to find out how to be an expert sleeper!
Best of luck!
Fabulous- This app guided me through nearly all of my habits. I would say this is ranks the highest but honestly, Fabulous is in a whole different league
I've been telling everyone to check out the app Fabulous
for habit development. It's really helped me!
This. You don't need to sleep less to get more done. Being tired wrecks your productivity. Even during finals time, I make sure to get 7 hours a night, but when I can, I try for 9 hours. I'm a grad student. It's possible.
Edit: One thing that really helped me get a regular schedule was the Fabulous app (Android, iOS). Get some morning rituals (drink water, stretch, cook breakfast, etc.) that you do everyday.
I just begun trying this app. It has the right tone and it is very well made. It helps with creating habits, starting with small steps.
I've been there, for a long, long time. Longer than I might care to admit. Here's the kicker, though - exercise will help with your depression, and with the lack of motivation; losing weight will help with the motivation and make it easier to exercise. It is a stupid hen-egg situation.
So.. what I did was start slow. Install an app on your phone to remind you of important habits - walk 30 mins a day, drink water instead of soda, and so on and so on - there are a million apps that can do that just fine.
(healthmonth or fabulous or whatever. Those are the two I tried, and I liked - nice design, nice ideas and sometimes a motivational quote or two)
Read about what works and what doesn't - the /r/loseit FAQ is very, very good, as is the /r/fitness FAQ and the /r/xxfitness one too, but keep your goals manageable; you don't want to do too much and lose motivation. Steady habits do way more for you than giving up after a week or two.
This is the second most beautiful app I've ever seen, (No. 1 being Fabulous: [link])
With some more features it will be the best reddit app, you should be extremely proud of yourself.
For routines: "Fabulous: Motivate Me!"
The Fabulous is a great app that I just discovered! It allows you to create a morning, evening and night time routine, and it allows you to check off each one. It also allows you to set timers for your routines, and guesstimate how long each step will take you. Great app with high ratings.
However, as you already know. You can set all these reminders all you like, but the other half of the process of just doing it is down to you.
Motivation is bullshit - just read this article and see for yourself.
What you need is to implement small habits and slowly build up your skill - this works with anything really.
The secret is to continually do the tedious, boring and hard stuff until you become good enough to do great stuff.
You can start implementing small habits by using Fabulous. Start small, be diligent, work your ass off.
College is a time when structure is something you create for yourself. It's easy to let things fall between cracks.
I use an app called Fabulous which let's you set goals, gives you daily reminders, and sets time limits for daily rituals.
Very personnal but here it is:
Best: Fabulous - Motivate Me!: simple, original colors, original shape, very "android".
Worst: PES CLUB MANAGER: text everywhere, no consistency, just not my type of icon ~
I totally get those feels! Sometimes it's like managing my depression is my full-time job. But then, I think that's probably ok right now. Self-care is really important. I also think most of us tend to be hard on ourselves and have unrealistic expectations, so the way I see it, starting where you are and not beating your self up are wins.
I also think that ritual is really important. For me, depression and perfectionism are co-conspirators, so ritual helps me focus on being consistent, rather than perfect. I use an Android app called The Fabulous that is a huge help for this.
I would suggest a couple other things:
Get a therapist if you don't have one. You need an ally on this journey who can see your situations without the distortion that depression brings.
Try meditation or some sort mindfulness-based CBT. Meditation works for me. It helps me recognize thinking errors (like my old pal perfectionism) and make different choices. It helps me work with difficult emotions. It improves my focus and willpower and it decreases my stress. It helps me to be clearer and to see ways to take care of myself better instead of automatically spiraling into shame and self-loathing. It's basically saved me. :)
Finally, remember that this is really effing hard and that you will good days and not-so-good days. Give yourself a chance to recharge and fight another day when you need it.
I think that forgetting about your todo list should not be an option, and if it happens the problem is elsewhere.
Let me elaborate: your todo list, however you keep it, should be something you refer to multiple times during the day, but at the very least once, for it to be of any use. You should work on tasks that are written on your todo list if you are keeping a todo list.
I suggest your problem is not having this habit of working from your todo list.
For this I'd suggest simply writing it on paper and keeping it on your desk (or with you, if you work in multiple locations). Simply having it there staring at you during your work day will nudge you in the right direction.
An app that might help with this initial phase is fabulous (I really like it) but it is not strictly necessary -- keeping the notebook on your desk will probably suffice.
To summarize, in my opinion you should build a habit of writing your todo list in the morning (or in the evening) and then, most importantly, look at it before starting a task, then go back to it when you complete the task, put a big fat X next to it and choose your next task.
On the other hand, if you only need a reminder list, i.e. something that reminds you to do something every once in a while, you could use a different approach and get a reminder app (simple example: google inbox).
Yes! Absolutely! There's so much I have on my want to do list. Study Korean, work on line art again, write short stories, yoga, hoop dancing, read, practice guitar, play overwatch, discover new music, and the list goes on... Someone said they can't be bored and there's really no excuse to be bored or to not have things to do.
I used to set up a schedule to assign a set amount of time for each activity I wanted to work on each day, a hour for this or 15 mins for this. It's possible to do the things you want if you do a little everyday and stay consistent about it. But make sure to give yourself breaks.
I used an app called fabulous to schedule everything with alarms to remind me to start or stop the activity. And thanks to your post.. I'm gonna set this up again. ^^ Thank-you! I hope this helps you or someone as well.
You jist described Fabulous.
I believe there is also an iOS app if you wanted to try it out. It has a section for motivation amd everything. I use it on a daily basis.
Check out the App "Fabulous" if you want to get back on track ladies and gents. Really great motivation.
Android link for the lazy (all of you) : [link]
The first few days after quitting I go into a somewhat hypomanic phase where I'm really speedy and irritable and shit. After two weeks is when the dust has settled and I start to feel myself... after a month and I'm tip-top with positive recent events to report to my soul.
Give it another week or so and you.will.feel better!!
Also, take it easy - don't rush! One day at a time! Check out an app called Fabulous, a great app! It's not so much about quitting drugs but just about slowly easing into a new structure of life! :)
I've been addicted to Weed, Fapping, Sex, Hookers, Coke, Meth and Ritalin... AMA or PM or anything! We are all here for you, Arezi!
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This seems like a silly follow up question, but I'm having some difficulty in actually finding a price point. In-app, I found a "Join the Private Community" option, but that just led to Facebook which I refuse to log into. The official site has no info, and the play store only says "$4.99 - $89.99 per item", which is less than helpful.
I'm starting to feel like I'm getting tricked into something.
Couple of habit tracker type apps out there but I haven't really gotten that much into them either, except for Fabulous, which tbh isn't the best for this sort of thing. It only has preset tasks but on the bright side, completely free and amazing design (it won the Play Awards for this).
I would really recommend the App "Fabulous". It follows the same 3 weeks model and offers some really nice motivation and tracking.
Google Play Store link: [link]
I've been using Fabulous for Android to help me form a morning routine. I'm about two weeks in and so far it's been really effective.
I just downloaded an app on my phone called "the fabulous". It claims to be a motivational app, but it's really a bunch of reminder timers. It also has a journey feature that recommends habits to add to each of your routines. I haven't used it much yet, but I can see how it would be useful. If say you had a goal to go to sleep at a particular time each night, you can set it to remind you to start your bedtime routine, and it lists all of the things you need to do (so you don't forget to floss your teeth, for example). You can probably duplicate the functionality pretty easily with another alarm app, I just never thought to set it up like this before seeing this particular app. google play
Good app for developing morning, afternoon, and evening rituals. It even provides you with suggestions. You start off with just a couple items and slowly add more after completing them consistently.
Fabulous for Android is free [link]
Two good examples are probably:
The latter is also opensource and you can find it on Github here: https://github.com/android/plaid
Here is my system, which works fine for me (but I'm always trying to fine tune my productivity). First get a handle on your time management. Organization, the way I see it, is task management but you need to know how your time is being spent before you can decide how much work you can do. So install a time tracking software on your browser (I use this one for chrome) Also find one for your phone. See which apps you use most, which websites you spend time on. When I started doing these last year, I was spending around 15 hours on my phone per week. That's a ridiculous amount of time wasted and no matter how hard I tried to be productive when I wasn't on my phone/laptop doing random crap....I could never get enough done, which led to overwhelming myself.
Once you have these tools installed on your phone/browser, promise yourself that you will block any website that gets in your top 5 visited websites if that website doesn't relate with your school work. Same goes for apps. Set a time limit for your phone usage too (5 hours/wk for me, less than an hour a day).
This will hopefully open up some timeslots for you to actually do work. Now you need to make sure you fill in the empty times with actual work. An app like Fabulous might work for you. Or simply set time blocks in your calendar for study. At least four hours, uninterrupted. For example, I finish classes around 11am so I eat lunch and finish errands by 1pm and go to the library until 4pm. Find what works for you and do it every day until it becomes a habit. Don't skip even if you don't have much to do, find something to do (read the next chapter if you want). Block all distractions during this time (no phone calls, texts, social media) you really need to treat it as a special time when you only do the things you need to get done.
Prioritize and don't procrastinate. What needs to get, should get done. Not what is easy, or quick, or fun. I don't know if Wunderlist added this feature since last I used it, but you need some way to mark your top three or four or five tasks (depending on how much stuff you need to get done). Know what you can postponed, and what needs to be done by the end of the day. I use Todoist which has a priority 1,2,3, system. I mark maybe two tasks p1 every morning and I make sure those tasks are done in that 4 hour block I set. Another thing I love about Todoist is that it syncs with Google Calendar, so when I open my calendar in the morning, I see everything in one snapshot.
Break down larger and urgent tasks into smaller tasks, each marked p1 or just stared. Don't procrastinate and get those things done. The feeling of being overwhelmed comes when you either try to do something huge in one day, or when you are trying to do something hard/new. In either case, breaking it down into smaller parts helps. Example: I recently had to write a short paper as part of a research assignment (both new and challenging for me), but I broke it down into small pieces like "draft intro" and "edit conclusion" We don't struggle with small things like this, so even big projects don't feel overwhelming.
Try theming your days. I have two math classes, a cs class, and two engineering classes. Group the classes with most similarities together because switching between different ways of solving problems is inefficient. If you have class x and y which are similar tomorrow, try to set today's 4 hour block for these two classes. You will be in the right mindset when the professor goes over the stuff.
As to file management, I have a similar system. One folder per semester, a folder for each course. For hard copies, I have one folder with In and Out pockets. I then have other folders to archive stuff I might need later but doesn't belong in the IN or OUT pocket.
Above all, be willing to change what is not working and have the commitment to keep doing what is working. Also this turned out longer that I hoped, so let me know if things didn't make sense.
It took me too long to realize that you NAMED the app:
Looks like it's Android only. :-(
[link] this is the Google play store link for the app. No idea whether they have it on Apple and Windows phones.
If start with the "Fabulous" app before finding something you're passionate about to focus on.
My spoken english is poor(not a native), I recommand an app however called Fabulous on google play.
Use Fabulous app if you want to develop a new habit. The app truly works and I have developed a few habit myself.
Here are some apps I personally use, I am also a student. These apps do a few different things so i've written how I use each of them in the hopes of giving you a better idea.
This is most likely what you're after, it allows your to keep track of what you need to do through the day and presents it with a very nice UI. it will show you how well you're doing with tracking features. It has pre-defined categories that you can select depending on what task you wanted to be reminded about but you can also just create your own. I personally like it more than any of the other reminder apps because of how friendly it is, honestly I find myself on the app sometimes just because everything is so visually pleasing. It makes me feel good when I have completed a task.
Headspace is an app that gives you mini guided meditation sessions that can really help you to calm down when your mind is feeling cloudy, this one has saved my neck many times and I really recommend it.
Google Keep: [link]
I use Google Keep for note taking but it also doubles up as a to-do list, plus it allows for photos/voice clips inside notes which is always handy. Might I add that it syncs across all devices + web.
Forest is a timer with a twist, you select an amount of time you want to work for and then press plant. The idea is that you can plant a virtual tree if you finish your work session and the size/type of tree depends on how long you work for. It puts your phone into a sort of "screensaver" mode when you start a session so you can't access anything else unless you give up.
HabitShare lets you track your habits but share them with friends at the same in the hopes that you can motivate each other and hold one another accountable, been doing so with a friend for a few weeks and it works pretty well.
I hope this helps, if you have any questions just let me know. I've been trying to find decent apps for months as procrastination has been a big issue for me and this is what I have so far.
[link] Fabulous Me app, it helped me develop some good habits
Also this app called Fabulous is just awesome.
Play Store Link
Fabulous is also a great example of Material Design on Android
The best app for this
I would suggest Fabulous. It's a habit building app and you can add your own custom habits (like what you're describing).
How is everyone doing this? https://imgur.com/a/4Ht5v How do you add elevation to the ActionBar/AppBar when a list below is scrolled?
When the list is at the top, the elevation should be zero, it is set when the list scrolls. This is used across most Google apps and one in this example is from the Fabulous App.
What is the most efficient approach to achieve this? I've searched everywhere for this, there is just one question on stackoverflow with sadly no answer to it.
Do you mean this app?
Seems to be free.
Yep -- Fabulous!
I love it when its that simple :)
Try this app:
It has a very nice UI :)
This helped me kick things off. Fabulous
Then it was a matter of getting everything ready the night before and starting off early.
Another (Android) app, this one SLOOOWLY introduces routines and also your own habits. I am liking it.
Fabulous, Motivate me
Fabulous Motivate Me App
Beautiful example of a beautiful app.
Better than Clockwork Tomato is Pomodoro Challenge. You can also try Fabulous : [link]
This already exists! Fabulous: Motivate Me
I have been trying these apps but the only one that worked for me is Fabulous. [link]
I use a few apps to help me get a better night's sleep and wake up more refreshed. Some included are:
Fabulous!, an app that trains you to create daily habits. There's a set of habits aimed to keeping you energized.
Twighlight. Basically, your phone produces a lot of blue light which makes your brain stay wired and awake. This app puts a red filter on your screen so your eyes aren't strained and your brain starts thinking it's night time.
I set a few alarms for incremental use.
One for an hour before I'm supposed to be awake. This alarm is so I can wake up and use the restroom and get back to bed and enjoy 30 minutes of blissful sleep before my next alarm and Fabulous!'s habit starters. When those wake me up, I force myself to do the activities and make a pot of coffee and slam that shit down. Then I spend the rest of the time getting ready and/or browsing the interwebs.
Tl;dr - download Twighlight. and Fabulous!
For advanced users: I made a Tasker profile that makes my chromecast and spotify a deafening alarm if I don't wake up and disable it from my android wear watch.
Using fabulous app on the daily basis