Lately, I’ve been getting more done in my life by using an app called Todoist. Todoist is a super clean to-do list app, that lets me organize everything I need to do. It reminds me when I need reminding, and rewards me with Todoist Karma points when I am able to cross things off my list. The more vested I have gotten in the app, the more productive I became. I wanted to be able to check things off my list, and get points. Plus, I have a friend that started using it a while before me, so he has a ton more Karma points, so I want to catch him.
One of the first items I did on the app was set-up so really simple recurring exercise habits I would like to do. Every day, I am prompted to do 50 squats, and I alternate between 50 pushups or 100 situps on a daily basis. These are exercises I can do during a commercial break, or to get my blood flowing during a slow day at work. It’s a little exercise is always good for you to keep me moving no matter what.
After a little while, I got the idea to put my marathon training plan into the app, and to have my schedule handy whenever I needed it. I ended creating a project called “Marathon Training” and created seven weekly recurring events, one for each day of the week. This works nicely since each day of the week lines up with a specific type of run. I gave each day to make it clear what the theme of that run was by the day of the week, and if I dive into the comments for that week, I can see exactly what the workout is that particular day. The featured image above is my set-up for the each of the daily runs. Below is what the comment for my Friday Long Runs looks like. It’s pretty straightforward, and makes it easy for me see what I’m supposed to be doing (As you can see, my Fridays have been been hard to work out right now, but I’ll figure it out).
When I complete a run, I got the satisfaction of checking off that I completed that week’s run, and watching it automatically roll to the next week’s run.
Now, this is definitely a very detailed (to say it nicely) way to track your marathon training. But for me, it helped me integrate my running into my daily life, and I can see how my running tasks integrate with everything else that I need to get done. Running is no longer an isolated event in my day, it is now part of the many things I want to get done. The macro view of my day that Todoist gives tells me if I need to rethink my day or prioritize what items can get done today, and what items need to be put off until another day or week.
So far, I have done 14 of my 16 runs as planned. I missed two runs, and felt significant pain when I had to tell Todoist to roll those days to the next scheduled time since I had missed my scheduled runs. I’m going on vacation for six days, and I’m a little worried about the six runs I have scheduled for that time. I am a bit less worried about them right now though, because I know exactly what else I have to on those days, and I’ve already begun mentally preparing my days to squeeze those runs in.
By the way, Todoist Karma points are just a way to track your productivity. Do things on schedule and you get points, and lose points if you fall way behind. As a result, I’ve also become better gauging what I can do in a day. It integrates with just about any platform (iOS, Android, Windows) or tool (Google Now voice recognition, Chrome) you can think of, so it’s always easy to add things to my list. There are some really advanced features, and all sorts of neat tricks. If you are interested in using, I would check out Todoist (Not a paid advertisement of any sort. In fact, I pay them $30 a year for the premium plan)
What are some ways that you have gotten more organized in order to help your running? Any favorite tools that help you get the job done?