Healthy Lifestyle

September 30, 2018

Yesterday evening we celebrated my first Book launch for Blind Spot Vol.2 which gave me the opportunity to write a chapter about my life, growing up as an architect before discovering my real passion for software development and the creation of digital products.

Before the event, I met our good friend Tracy J. Reid, who is best selling Author, and a very inspiring Lifestyle & Business coach, and she asked me "what I got out of writing my chapter in the book?" and "what's next for me after the book?".

I hesitated for some time and answered "I love writing, but so far I wrote mostly for myself, without publishing. I would actually love to write more...", which turned into a promise to her, that I would write my first post the next day and here we are...

Once that was said, we went then into clarity and consistency of writing, audience and other topics that I haven't really payed any attention to so far, as I haven't seen myself as a writer, but having written my story in Blind Spot Vol.2 and being part of this amazing and inspiring group of writers, I am actually a published writer.

My story published in the book was titled Do what you love & Love what you do, which tells my story of growing up in a profession that was my fathers dream, rather than mine, and how I discovered my own passion, moved abroad and started all over to build my own life from scratch. Part of this journey is my beloved wife who has been a key for me in discovering what's important in life.

One of those important areas was of course loving what I do, but another area that she helped me to discover recently was my health and well-being, which was for me all but important. I heavily abused my body for the majority of my life with unhealthy food, stress, little, or at best inconsistent sleep and no physical activity. Eating was for me a necessity and the importance was the brief moment of enjoyment while eating rather than the long term effect of how I would feel afterwards. As a result of this lifestyle I have been the majority of my life (about the last 40 years or so) obese, which effects me of course more and more the older I get.

About 5 month ago, I felt so tired and exhausted, that I asked my wife for help. As long as I know her, she was the absolute opposite from me with regards to eating, she was always focusing on how the food would impact her afterwards rather than just the pure enjoyment of the meal itself. Don't get me wrong, she knows how to enjoy a good and tasty meal, however she has that internal responsibility for her body & health that I have been missing for my entire life.

The goal was to not do any short lived diet or program, but just change my lifestyle in a long lasting, sustainable and joyful way. Long story short, as you can see in the following chart, my weight started to consistently drop from the day I made the conscious decision that my well being is really important to me.

I achieved that result by simply drinking more water, sleeping more, eating more vegetables and less sugar. I quit the gym and replaced it with regular walks through nature and don't cut out any particular food, but reduce portion sizes so that I still enjoy the moment but know that I still feel good afterwards.

We started from day one a daily journal, writing down everything we ate and the weight in the morning and evening, which helped us quite quickly to learn what food works and what we better avoid. This became invaluable in learning about our body and how we react to certain food.

I don't really have a clear end goal in mind as I don't do a diet, but I believe that my body will level out at a certain weight which is probably the one that is healthy and natural, so for now I believe that will be around 70kg, but I will see. However the quality of my life has dramatically improved, it's easier to focus, outdoor activities become more enjoyable and so far there is not a single downside or anything that I would miss.

This new lifestyle has become the new norm, which proves that it has been a lasting lifestyle change rather than a short lived diet. I'm by far just scratching the surface of discovering what I can do for my body & mind in order to be healthy & happy, however it's the crucial foundation that allows me to focus on the next area that I want to transform, the creation of a healthy and sustainable business ...

Context 1.7.0

March 27, 2018

This update brings a complete new search, adds a completion button to the to-do composer when editing and fixes a series of bug fixes...

Happy Birthday

March 14, 2018

Jason Kottke:

I was a cynical and cocky know-it-all. Some of my older posts are genuinely cringeworthy to read now: poorly written, cluelessly privileged, and even mean spirited. I’m ashamed to have written some of them.

But had I not written all those posts, good and bad, I wouldn’t be who I am today, which, hopefully, is a somewhat wiser person vectoring towards a better version of himself.

I had a personal realization recently: isn’t so much a thing I’m making but a process I’m going through. A journey. A journey towards knowledge, discovery, empathy, connection, and a better way of seeing the world. Along the way, I’ve found myself and all of you.

I feel like I'm getting more cynical the older I get, or maybe it's just being more critical seeing what's going on in the world these days.

Thank you Jason Kottke for those empowering words. A journey worth taking...

Context iOS 1.6.1

March 10, 2018

This update adds a reminder swipe action, improves the completion of to-dos with subtasks and fixes bugs...

Context iOS – February roundup

March 05, 2018

In January we brought a series of new features to iOS and during the last month, we have been working on redesigning our web app to enable those new features and to also create the foundation for what’s coming next…

While designing the new web interface bringing the latest features (reminders, subtasks, etc.) to the desktop, we also went back and forth on the iOS version to unify with the upcoming web changes.

And of course, the latest iOS release 1.6.0 also includes iOS specific improvements and new features...

Context iOS – January roundup

February 01, 2018

Context for iOS was released at the end of 2017, it was bare bones and a starting point to build on. It lacked many features that you would expect from a productivity app these days. Based on our own use of Context, as well as various feature request from our early adopters, we began 2018 with a clear mission to catch up on the most important features as quick as possible.

Without further ado, here’s everything changed in Context for iOS during the first month of 2018...

Context for iOS is (finally) here

December 27, 2017

Today marks another milestone in our journey to build a productivity service that focuses on getting things done as we officially release Context iOS to the App Store.

We released our first iOS beta mid-2016 and kept releasing feature after feature during this closed beta until we decided to completely start over earlier this August to focus on fundamentals first, and release to the App Store early and update often...

The New Context is live

September 07, 2017

We soft launched Context for web earlier this week which was roughly within a month from our decision to start all over with the new Context.

Looking back at this last month, the decision to re-write Context from scratch and launch web first was absolutely the way to go.

As a result, we now have a clean codebase, taking into account all the learnings from our previous Context for iOS beta, and a setup that allows us to progress much quicker...

The best tool for our job

August 29, 2017

Last week I wrote about our decision to re-write Context from scratch. We made this decision around the beginning of August and now are just days away from publicly releasing Context for Web. As mentioned in my previous post, we decided to go with web first, as that allows us to build faster, experiment and update more often than we would do on iOS...

What if we start over?

August 26, 2017

That’s the question we asked ourselves more than 3 years into working on Context.

I started this Medium publication to share the process behind the making of Context. That was our intention (inspired by Jonnie Hallman’s Journal How it’s made), however, so far I wrote mainly about beta updates and features rather than the actual making. With this post, I want to start changing that, and I hope you find the look behind the scenes interesting...

Context iOS Beta - Moving on to desktop and our first learnings

February 06, 2017

We have started to shift our focus to the design and development of the desktop version for Context and as expected we have already learnt a whole bunch of new stuff that we started to bring back to…

Context iOS Beta - Today Widget

December 09, 2016

Today we add one of the most requested features, the Today Widget.
We haven’t been using iOS’s today widgets ourselves that much before, but that has dramatically changed since we have now our very own one :) Here are a few scenarios showing how our new Today Widget is super handy...

Context iOS Beta - State Preservation, Dynamic Type & Touch ID

December 02, 2016

We use Context ourselves every single day and therefore we are one of the users that appreaciate not just complex features, but the little things that make a huge difference in the daily experience of using the app. This release is all about those little but very helpful things...

Context Beta 8 — Swipe, Swipe

November 29, 2016

Now that everything is updated to the latest version of Swift we are back on track to complete the remaining features for iOS before we dive fully into Context for macOS.

This beta release includes various bug fixes, UI improvements and two new features...

Context Beta 7 — Swift 3

November 13, 2016

Context has been converted to Swift 3 and like Apple once said: “The Only Thing That’s Changed is Everything.”

Prior to starting this conversion, we thought that this would only take a few days as we would just adopt all the new naming and framework changes...

Context Beta 6 — Navigation & Composer

September 30, 2016

This beta was supposed to be bug fixes only, however we got lots of feedback from our beta testers, so we got straight to it and redesigned the entire app navigation, added proper iPad support and an all new Composer...

What’s new in Context Beta 5

September 11, 2016

The main focus with this release has been on improving and simplifying the share flow for tags which wasn’t very intuitive in previous betas...

Context Beta 4 —Release Notes

August 20, 2016

This release is focusing on bug fixes...

What’s new in Context Beta 3

August 18, 2016

It has been 28 days since the release of beta 2. This is not just too long but also not very helpful to get ongoing feedback from our beta testers. Why did it take that long? The answer is simple ...

Shared Tags — Ownership & Permissions

August 12, 2016

Conventual productivity apps that support collaboration, allow to share projects, lists or groups which are all static containers, holding a fix set of to-dos. With Context we wanted to avoid these static structures, as they are limiting the flexibility of how we work...