A Day with Android at its Maximum Potential
*Editor’s Note: The other day I came across this fantastic post on Reddit, and while Mr. Sc4s2cg has to remain r/anonymous, I assure you all Patronizing dollars will find their way to his bank account.
A Day with Android
8:00am Wake up to the vibration of my watch, which is controlled by the Sleep as Android app to wake me up within 30 minutes of my alarm (but only if I’m in a light sleep-cycle). If I don’t feel the vibration after a couple minutes, the phone alarm kicks in. The only way to turn it off is by going to the bathroom and pressing my phone against an NFC tag in there. Once I quit the Sleep app, Tasker automatically turns off airplane mode.
9:00am: Get in car to drive. Phone connects to bluetooth automatically and, sensing the car bluetooth, prompts me (Tasker) with nice big buttons# to open either Spotify, Pocketcast, Audible, or Google Maps. I listen to music, podcasts, or my book as I drive. It also turns off WiFi (Tasker).
9:30am: Arrive at work, phone disconnects from car bluetooth and re-enables WiFi (Tasker). I note the deck I parked at with the little sticky note# on my desktop (seNotes) so I don’t wander around looking like a fool.
9:32am: On my way in, I quickly check my schedule# (Snap Widget Drawer with Event Flow Widget in it). I park further away so I can walk more (leading a healthy lifestyle and all that), quickly glancing on my watch note that I’ve done 1,500 steps so far (Pebble Health, synced with Google Fit).
9:45am: Get to work, walking briskly and pretending like I have a lot to do so I don’t have to talk to people. Browse reddit, etc.
10:00am: Check my to-do again and set up# my pomodoro because I don’t feel like working but I need to anyways (My Effectiveness, ClearFocus, all inside Pop Up Widget 2, triggered by swiping up on an app icon in Nova Launcher). Watch gives me a little tap, reminding me to email Elaine.
12:00pm: Have some lunch and watch Netflix on PC, browsing reddit (Relay), texting (awSMS), checking politics (Politico) and news (NPR). Go to the bathroom. My watch vibrates twice to let me know I left my phone at my desk (fuck!). Detecting it is no longer connected to my watch, my phone automatically locks (SmartLock setting in 6.0) itself so people would need to enter my pin code. Get a snack and put the price I spent in to my budget, watching as my “food” budget for the month shrinks by a dollar (YNAB).
3:00pm: Get a notification on my watch that Elisa wants to meet with me. I check my calendar (Etar) then reply on my PC (Pushbullet). I notice a notification that Google wants me to fill out a survey for money (Google Rewards).
3:30pm: To calm down any feeling of anxiety, I recheck my to-do and prioritize based on how important# (objectively needs to get done) and how urgent# (constantly on my mind) a task is (My Effectiveness).
5:00pm: Go home. Phone turns off WiFi inside the car and I listen to a book I’m reading (Seveneves via Audible).
5:30pm: When I get home, my phone automatically connects to my WiFi (Tasker) and, detecting the home WiFi, opens up my lock app (August) so I can unlock my door. It then turns my PC on (Unified Remote). After I tap the app to unlock my door, I go to home screen and tap my widget to turn my PC on (Unified Remote)
5:40pm: At home, I open up my to-do list (My Effectiveness) and see I didn’t do anything on it. I look at my watch and see I only made 5,000 steps today. Go eat dinner and relax. Do chores, etc.
8:50pm: Get a notification (Pushbullet and Tasker) on my PC that my phone is low on battery, so I plug it in by my bed via the slow charger.
9:00pm: Brush my teeth and log it because I’m trying to make a habit of doing so every day (Loop Habit Tracker). Note that tomorrow is my workout day (StrongLifts) and that I need to go if I don’t want to break my workout streak. I remind myself I can also finally restart running the C25K plan, smile that I don’t need to take my phone to my runs (C25K app via Pebble). (If instead of this I stay at my computer, my PC will eventually notify me that my phone is fully charged (Tasker, Pushbullet)).
9:05pm: Once I turn off all the lights except the lamp by my bed, the phone detects the small amount of light and dims the screen to 50% below the minimum that the default can do (Darker). Go to bed and play around on Reddit. Because I’m adventurous I use Slide instead of Relay. Note that my phone has a slight yellowish tint (CF Lumen) so my eyes are comfortable.
9:06pm: Get back to Relay because I’m used to it.
9:10pm: Go back to Slide instead of Relay because it’s cool. Then switch back to Relay again.
9:15pm: Open Tasker and think of more Tasker things to do
9:20pm: Remembering that I forgot to turn my PC off, I grumble and halfway get up from bed. Then I remember I don’t have to, and turn it off via my phone (Unified Remote).
9:30pm: Open random apps over and over thinking “I could be reading my Kindle right now.”
10:00pm: Open up Sleep as Android and have it track my sleep. The phone detects I opened it up, so it puts my phone on Airplane mode then re-enables NFC and bluetooth (Tasker, Secure Settings).
12:00am: Wake up for whatever reason, or just still on my phone, note that the phone screen becomes tinted a reddish color (CF Lumen).
Some quick links to commonly PMed questions that I couldn’t fit into OP:
- My Tasker export
- My opinion on Pebble Watch
- Apps I install on each new device
- My Effectiveness how-to
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