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Strides (A Habit Tracker) – Review

Ever since I read a fantastic book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, the process of habit formation has intrigued me and has really become central to my life. It began with Habitica, but soon my needs migrated to Strides, and I’m here to tell you why.

Why not Habitica?

Habitica is fantastic for starting off with habits. As I spoke about in its review here on GingerJumble, it gives you rewards like coins, pets, and XP following once you’ve stuck with your habits. This is great for when you need an external motivator to help you stick with your habits, but eventually I found I didn’t need all the extras Habitica provided me with (and it took too long to load), so I moved to something simpler.

 

What does it do?

Strides is a habit tracker, meaning you go on it to check off whether or not you’ve done a certain thing each day. That’s basically its main feature, so it’s fitting that the first page you get when you load it up is the list of the things you have to do today.

It’s very customisable, and in a page called Trackers, you can edit how many times a habit must be done a week (so it can also be done multiple times a day if you want to) and you can change what days the habits show up on your dashboard.

How does it look?

Simplicity is key when you’re looking for something you’re going to be using every day, multiple times a day. And Strides aces that. The two main pages, the Dashboard and Trackers, have hardly anything on them, and all the fiddly settings are a couple taps away as to not overwhelm you. The app is essentially made of only two colours, white and blue, so it’s really easy on the eyes for when your ticking off those habits at 11:59 pm in the dark cos you had a really hectic day.

Limitations?

Strides is a payed app, meaning it has quite a few pretty good features locked behind a paywall. Features like syncing to a desktop and having more than 7 trackers. But other than the novelty of being able to see the app’s layout in a different way, the features aren’t necessary to building your habits (you may want to simplify a little if you have seven habits), but can come in useful in special cases, so if you do want to support the very helpful developers of the app, paying [INSERT PRICE HERE] a [INSERT TIME FRAME] for Strides Plus would be the ideal thing to do.

 

Overall

As the comedy genius Matt Groening once said  ‘When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all’. And even though I’ve been using Strides for apparently 134 days, I’ve hardly noticed anything wrong with the app, and intended to be sticking with Strides for my habit tracking needs for a very long time indeed.

Rating – 5/5

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Overcast (A Podcast Player) – Review

This is the final post in the podcasting trilogy here on Ginger Jumble.

Go to part 1 to  find out why podcasts are so great in the first place,

In Part 2 I discuss 10 great podcasts to start your podcast journey,

And to find a comprehensive review of one of the best ways to munch up those podcasts keep reading on.


The final amazing thing about podcasts which I’ve just had to keep for part 3 of this podcasting trilogy is that podcasts are free! That’s right. And I don’t mean free as in you don’t have to pay for them (even though they are) I mean the podcasting megasphere isn’t held down in grey shackles by any corporation or business. The mechanism of which they’re uploaded to the internet means anyone can make there own little app or website to browse and find podcasts, with no  corporation *Cough* YouTube *Cough* overbearing on our lovely hosts.

Overcast functions as a ‘podcatcher’, which it collects all the podcasts and puts it inside the sweet little app, so it makes finding, browsing and listening to podcasts a lot more enjoyable. Continue reading “Overcast (A Podcast Player) – Review”

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10 Great Podcasts to start your podcast journey

Last week I hopefully convinced you (if you weren’t already) why podcasts are so great, and I am 42% certain that the next thought in your head was: “Ok, now what podcasts should I listen to?” Which is why I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favourite podcasts as of right now, which can be your escorts into finding more podcasts yourself.

Two Dudes Talking

I may have passingly mentioned the Two Dudes Talking genre, which is just two people gathering over their mic’s, and talking like they’re best friends (which they usually are) and like they’re sitting on opposite sides of the table (which they usually aren’t). My favourite in this genre is the well-known podcast called:

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Podcasts – What are they anyway?

I’m willing to take a bet that right now you are missing out on perhaps the greatest, most versatile form of entertainment out there. I think you’re missing out on perhaps mixing one of your favourite aspects of life into all the mundane necessities. But no more, because in this post, I’m going to pitch the one true form of entertainment to those who have gone there lives missing out. You’re gonna find out the meaning behind the magnificent word, podcast.

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How to start talking to the person who knows you best (FutureMe – Review)

FutureMe – Review

Who is the person you have communicated with most over the course of your life? Is it your mum maybe? Your significant other? Your dog?

Those may all do well for second place, but the first place is the same for every human on Earth. It’s you. Considering the endless babble that streams through your head, there is only one answer.

In a world of seven billion, no problems are truly unique, but that doesn’t stop them from feeling like they are. The rational brain can say the facts all it wants, but the irrational part will only listen once it’s finished wallowing in despair.  Continue reading “How to start talking to the person who knows you best (FutureMe – Review)”