Tracking Events in Your Life.
Track. Understand. Get Better. This is the basic formula of the Better Mood Tracker for iPhone. Many people are baffled when I tell them that I’m working on a mood tracking app that I intend to use to track my life events and mood. WHY ON EARTH WOULD I DO THAT? To get a few ideas, please check this article that outlines the uses of the Better Mood Tracker and the experiments that I’ve already completed.
Tap to track.
Adding events to a tracker is something that must be quick and intuitive. And up to date I have not seen any tracker, other than Moody Me that does anything of the sort. Other trackers want you to fill questionnaires, use sliders, write tags… You get the idea. Too much effort that needs to be exerted over and over again for unknown results. Most of the tracking apps that I have on my iPhone have never been used more than twice, with the exception of Moody Me that I used for over 4 months.
This is why I set out to create an app that is easy to use. Just pull your phone out of your pocket, find the icon you need and tap on it! This puts the icon in your history, so you can better understand how you day went later. It’s really simple!
Make event tracking even easier!
Chances are your life is different from mine, and the events that you want to track may be hidden towards the middle of the events list. What to do about that? Simple! You already know how to use your iPhone, and the events tab is modelled after your iPhone’s home screen. Simply do a long press on the icon until it is highlighted orange. Then move it up to the position where you want it to be. Better Mood Tracker remembers the order of your events, so you can keep the most relevant ones on top.
Setting the Add Event Screen just perfect.
Ease of use is all good and dandy, but what if you don’t think that a Briefcase icon really means “Work” or that you want to give specific names to your Medicine icons? You can!
- With the Add Event menu
- Tap on the “Tools” button in the upper left
- Choose “Edit Colors/Labels”
The app will inform you that the Add Event screen now works differently. Rather than adding events, it allows you to customize events themselves. Every time you tap on the icon now, it will show a screen that allows you to customize the icon:
- You can change the title that is displayed under the icon (longer titles may appear in events log, but are clipped otherwise)
- For each event, you can define how to measure that event, so it is easy to compare two markers. You can do so by typing custom axis titles for the event.
Additionally, you can change the border color of an icon by moving them between categories. This is especially useful if you want to move one of the “Miscellaneous” icons up. For example you like reading, and read books for fun. In this case, you can edit the events list and:
- Rename the “Book” icon from “Knowledge” to “Reading”
- Change the category for the Book icon from “Miscellaneous” to “Entertainment”
- Voila! Now you have a nicely framed icon that you can drag up and use any time you read for pleasure.
Adding events that happened in the past.
A common question that users of the 5-in-1 Journal asked me is how to add an event in the past. There are two ways to do so:
- You can set the “Edit each new event” to “ON” in preferences. This way you can see the time picker for every event you add.
- You can tap on an existing event from the “My Day”, “History” or “Events Log” screens, and change the time.
- For your convenience, the events log is available from the Tools button as the blue button.
Permanently Deleting Events.
What if your kids are using this app, and you really don’t feel comfortable with having alcohol, violence or drugs events in the list? These icons sure make me uncomfortable to look at. What if you have added several such events, but suddenly regret doing so, because now you cant show the tracker to some people? There are two things you can do.
- Individual events can be deleted from the “Events Log” by swiping to the right and tapping the red “Delete” button.
- Entire event type (ex: alcohol) can be deleted by going to tools > Show options > Editing-ON.
- Editing the events list displays Red Xs next to events.
- Tapping the red X will prompt you with the event name, and ask if you really want to delete it.
- The RED X deletes event type from events list, you can never again add an event of this type, and all existing events of that type are deleted.
The privacy of your data is important!
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