Final Thoughts: Month of Tracking

My apple health app. Tracks my steps, meditation, and sleep!

My apple health app. Tracks my steps, meditation, and sleep!

I’ve been tracking my every move for the last month. I’m now a square with a smartwatch and I have all my various tracking apps synced to my Apple Health app. Google knows my every move, literally, and all for my own vain curiosities. Is it worth giving up my privacy for all of this mostly useless knowledge?

YES.

I love tracking!

The Good: My favorite part of tracking is using the “Done” App to track my daily habits. This is the one app that really motivates me to get shit done. I can honestly say that I’ve flossed, journaled, and exercised more in this past month than I have any other month in my whole life! Who knew the reward of checking off each activity and keeping the streak going would be so rewarding!

I also brushed off my old Withings smart scale that had been collecting dust and started weighing myself every morning. It automatically records my weight on my phone and shows my trajectory. I don’t really care that much about weight loss but it was a little bit shocking to see how fast I gained weight just by a few trashy meals out.

The Bad: I started tracking my steps and noticed that on my travels I walked 10,000-15,000 a day. But in ol Austin, I realized I could barely break 5,000 steps even with my morning strolls with my lil pup Kevin. That was a little depressing to find out.

Done app, weekly, monthly, yearly stats. Look at my flossing!

Done app, weekly, monthly, yearly stats. Look at my flossing!

I also started tracking my sleep which has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. My app gives an overall “Sleep score” based on how much tossing and turning I did. I find myself enslaved to the sleep score. I feel so smug and accomplished when my sleep score hits the 90s and I get so down on myself when my sleep score lowers into the 70s. It’s probably not a healthy way to live but I’m now addicted to technology dictating my mood.

I tried to track my diet in My fitnesspal but that was just 10 steps too far. I know people swear by writing down what they eat but it took too much effort for me. I like the tracking that happens automatically because I’m lazy.

Overall, I think I like this experiment. I want to keep going with tracking my steps, sleep, and weight and I especially want to keep going with the Done app. If you want to get a better hold of your habits, check it out!