Quantime ⋅ Personal Tracking for the Quantified Self (Track anything for New Year's resolutions) by Kareem Albaba (iPhone)
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Released: Jan 10, 2014
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Quantime ⋅ Personal Tracking for the Quantified Self (Track anything for New Year's resolutions)

Kareem Albaba
Just in time for the new year! Track anything and everything. Make new habits to keep your New Year's resolutions!

The text posted below is reproduced (in part, with some edits) from: http://bit.ly/1eKYQ17

I suggest you read it there if you can. Thanks.

Two problems have been identified in the area of personal trackers:

1. Current tools are too limited in data structure and too complex in data collection for daily consumer use.
2. The current landscape is too fragmented for efficient and effective analysis, and there is no guarantee your data will remain intact.

Since the problems are now neatly delineated, what can we do about them? We can introduce Quantime. An app that lets you track anything and a place where your data is free and open for you to do with what you please. Quantime is a flexible personal tracker with an emphasis on versatility and ease of data entry.

The immediate effects of using Quantime are two-fold:

1. Become more mindful of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it—awareness is key to improving any aspect of your life.

2. Start recording data for the future—it serves both to allow for more context for your own insights as well as helps seed a public, anonymous store of data used across users and to be made available to academic researchers.

If you haven’t done so already, download Quantime and start tracking something. Anything. Maybe track how many spreadsheets you finish at work today. Or how many free throws you made on the basketball court. Or how many days it’s been since your last cigarette. How many steps your infant daughter is taking as she learns to walk—how many times she falls down and giggles. How many more pounds until you’ve lost the weight you’ve promised your spouse (and your doctor, and yourself) you’d lose.

Just start tracking. Consider this an investment in your future. And your family’s future. And maybe even society’s future, if all goes well.

And if you do, maybe you’ll learn if how many spreadsheets you finish has an effect on your sleep. Learn that you’ve taken your free throw percentage from 65 to 75 percent, or that your lungs have been clear for a month. And watch your daughter walk and run and become an adult because you’ve lost forty pounds and are healthier than ever.

In sum, here are my goals for Quantime:

1. To enable people to track the things that matter to them, the way they want to.

2. To provide people with a safe, open place for the consolidation of all of their personal data, whether tracked manually or through an external application or device.
3. To enable people to use their personal data to make meaningful, actionable decisions.

It’s time to stop leaving your data locked and subject to the generosity of companies who refuse to acknowledge your complete ownership. Let Fitbit and Jawbone and Nike+ know that you love their products, but that they should stop competing by limiting data access and aligning themselves in exclusive partnerships. We should have the freedom to choose the devices and applications we prefer, without worrying if data consolidation is difficult—or even possible. Let competition be about innovation for consumers, not data restriction. The M7 chip in the iPhone 5S has basically leveled the playing field when it comes to standard activity tracking—we need new, better ideas.

If you’ve made it this far, I appreciate you sticking through my pleonastic tendencies. I hope this has helped you consider the larger dynamics of the Quantified Self movement, specifically where Quantime fits into it all. I’d just like to provide a final reminder that the QS movement is not about health or fitness—it’s about any type of personal data, data from which you can extract a personal meaning. So pick something that’s uniquely meaningful to you and make a tracker for it. Leave Quantime on your home screen for a week and use it when you find yourself reaching for pen and paper. You just might love it.

Kareem · @kalbaba
Our verdict: Good
  • + Quantime ⋅ Personal Tracking for the Quantified Self (Track anything for New Year's resolutions) is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + The app is free.
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