How I organize my weeks with Opal and why
Thank you for writing @joshhawaii. I’ve tried and iterated a lot over the last months to fine-tune my setup, here’s how I organize my weeks with Opal and why:
1. Work Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Here I block my Fun Apps [social media apps, especially Instagram for me, youtube and news mostly]. I use Normal protection level and typically take 4-5 breaks during the day.
Using the break timer helps me use the apps more mindfully. Right now we are running ads on Facebook/Instagram and I actually need to go to Instagram on my phone to reply to comments. I use breaks for that, this helps me do it faster.
I occasionally cancel this session altogether for a day, but it comes back the next day which helps me stay on track.
2. Time with Micah: 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM, Monday to Friday
Micah is my almost 2-year-old son, and 6:30 pm is typically when he is at home and ready to play or I can take him to the park. Here I block Work + Fun apps [also includes Gmail, Slack]. I use Deep Focus because I really want to enforce this time.
This is a relatively new session so I’m still adjusting, but I find that it helps remind me what matters most in life and to make time for it. I have the flexibility mostly to avoid any meetings or other activities at that time most days, so it’s not too challenging to keep.
3. Digital Sabbath: Saturday 6 AM - 7 PM
This is something I’ve been experimenting with for a while, but fell off the wagon a few times. The idea of a full day off of digital tools is very appealing to me, whenever I can do it I find it very good to rest and recharge. It’s also very hard. Here I block me my Work + Fun apps from sunrise to almost sunset.
This is a reasonable amount of time and I feel like I can also can up in the evening on the fun or work stuff / email if I need. I use Normal protection so I can take breaks in case of emergency (for example if I need to check my email to access a QR code for tickets to something), but generally don’t take any.
What I DO use on Saturdays on my phone:
- Google Maps (I live in a city and it’s an indispensable tool to get around especially for public transportation)
- Transportation apps like Lime, Dott (bike sharing) or occasionally uber)
- Apple Pay to pay for things (I don’t usually carry a wallet)
- iMessage, Phone, Whatsapp to reach my family/who I am meeting.
That's it, I hope it helps!
What about your set up @here ? What have you tried? What has worked? failed?
Actually Made a blog post for this: