A few years ago I wanted to make some changes in my life. I wasn't happy with my body and mind. I was overweight or obese for most of my life and I wanted to take control of my physical health a little bit more before It got to be too late.
I had really gotten into the Tim Ferriss podcast around 2016 while I was looking to better myself, and something a few of the guests at the time at brought up was the idea of tracking your habits. To the guests, it was a way of turning the process of checking something off into a ritual. It was a way to connect more deeply with it, keep yourself accountable and visualize your progress. At the time there weren't as many habit tracking apps yet.
I stumbled across Way of Life, which seemed to offer everything I wanted. It operated on a pay-what-you-want model, didn't require an account to use, and made it really easy to backup & export your data. It also wasn't a forced social experience like most of the other trackers at the time. I fell in love.
It made tracking habits like exercise, reading and meditation super simple. The reminders made sure I stayed on top of my habits, and the act of opening the app became an anchor to complete the actions. I was finally on track! I used it for most of 2017, only stopping once the routines felt so ingrained that I didn't need to track them anymore. Eventually the routine fell apart and I've been using it on-and-off ever since. I pick it back up when I need a kick in the ass to get back into the flow of things.
This past year has been rough in a multitude of ways. I need a habit tracker again to keep me from slipping into self-destructive patterns. However, the way I structure my habits has changed. I move between 3 devices depending on context now, and I find myself forgetting to go back to my phone to check something off pretty frequently. Unfortunately, Way of Life doesn't offer cloud sync, so I can't keep my logbook consistent across my phone, iPad and computer(s) without doing an import/export dance every time.
Like all good hackers, I want to over-complicate my life by solving this minor inconvenience through code.
My plan is straightforward:
- Write a data-transformer to take my WoL data and upload it to a Notion database (because Notion manages my life now)
- Create a client-side application that interfaces with my Notion database in a similar UI as WoL
This post is about part 1! I've written a data transformer for Way of Life that interfaces with my Notion database. And, because this 52 weeks of creation is all about sharing the work, I uploaded the code to GitHub.
If you go to the repo, you'll notice that it's written in Clojure. That's right, I'm learning Clojure. And no one can stop me!