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LifeLogging: a digital autobiography that can improve your life
LifeLogging: a digital autobiography that can improve your life
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If you are struggling to handle your finances, you start tracking your income and all your expenses. If you need to tune up your eating patterns, you start tracking what you eat and drink each day, counting “calories in” and “calories out.” And when you can't figure out what causes your mood swings, you start keeping a diary.

Keeping a diary or journal is a great way to remember events and activities, express your emotions, and keep your thoughts organized. Recent studies show that journal-keeping not only helps you gain insight into your lifestyle but also can provide substantial health benefits.

Welltory offers you several ways to keep track of your life.

Track your places and whereabouts

If you use the full version of Welltory, you can integrate it with Swarm by Foursquare, a widely used app, empowers users to check in at their exact locations.

Unlike automatic or background location tracking, Swarm focuses on manual check-ins. If you grant Swarm background location access, it can proactively suggest places you've visited for retrospective check-ins. This feature relies on your location history and seeks your approval before logging any visit.

You can delve into graphs and analytics derived from your Swarm check-ins in the Environment category of the Data section.

To connect the Swarm app to Welltory:

  1. Go to My data (for Android users — Data).

  2. In the Environment category, connect Swarm.

  3. Allow Swarm to always access your location (not only while in use).

To disconnect the Swarm app to Welltory:

  1. Go to My data (for Android users — Data).

  2. In the Environment category, disconnect Swarm.

Track how you spend your time and what things you do online

The full version of Welltory gives you the option to add events from other apps – pull requests on GitHub, completed Asana tasks, new subscribers on YouTube, or likes on Instagram.

Such data can be a valuable source of information – you can find out how your physical activity impacts your mental well-being and vice versa. Plus, you can identify patterns in your behavior and understand the structure of your daily routine.

How to connect the app via IFTTT?

  1. Go to My data (for Android users — Data).

  2. Choose the category and the app you'd like to sync.

  3. Tap on this app, and then swipe right to connect it. Or tap set up via IFTTT if you want to sync apps like Twitter. To connect them, we'll need to turn on an applet — a tiny program that connects two or more apps or devices together. That's how Welltory will know about new tweets or posts.

  4. Next, connect your IFTTT and Welltory accounts. You can use your existing IFTTT account if you have one, or you can install the IFTTT app and create an account if you don't. Download IFTTT for iOS and Android.
    Note that you should use the same account across all apps. If you signed up for Welltory with your email, go with it. If you used Google, Facebook, or Apple, use it here as well.

  5. If you see Connected on the button, give yourself a pat on the back — everything went smoothly. In the applets' case, it'll take a little longer, and you'll see Connected under the app's icon only when we get the first data.

How to disconnect a particular app?

Some of the apps may send too many messages to your feed, especially if you love tweeting or taking pictures. We've pointed out five apps that can occasionally flood your feed:

If you notice that these apps are flooding your feed with messages, tap the links above to disconnect them. Also, you can go to My data (for Android users — Data), find the app you'd like to turn off, tap on this app, and then swipe left to disconnect it.

Tag what's important

Add information about anything that happens to you using tags — go with popular ones or create your own.

You can add tags whenever you want — just tap the plus sign in the upper right corner and choose your events. This feature will help you remember and make sense of what happens in your life.

Your tags also trigger the recommendations we send to your feed to help you feel better. For example, if you let us know that you have a headache, suffer from insomnia, or experience symptoms of a panic attack, we'll send you science-backed tips to help you manage your condition here and now.

Besides, we use your tags when analyzing your health & activity data.

Track your mood and how you feel physically

Right below the tags, you'll see mood & health askers. Fill them out in the morning to evaluate your sleep quality and in the evening to see how productive your day was. Or use these askers daily to keep track of your mood swings and health improvements.

We'll analyze this info and sort it all into charts that can help you gain insights into your habits to find out what needs to change.

If you fill out these askers daily, you'll be able not only to keep an eye on your data trends but also to spot the correlations between your mood, health, and lifestyle.

To compare your mood & health charts with your measurement results, go to My data (for Android users — Data), head to the Heart category, and flick through the screen up to Self-reported mood and Self-reported health charts. To check out the results of productivity & sleep self-tracking, go to the respective categories.

Track your weight and blood pressure metrics

By keeping track of your blood pressure readings, you may notice the issues that may need your attention and actions. Such self-monitoring is also an essential thing if you've been diagnosed with elevated, high, or low blood pressure.

Tap a respective button under mood and health askers to enter your blood pressure numbers manually. If you are adding your numbers regularly, you'll get not only detailed analytics based on the latest clinical guidelines but also science-backed recommendations and health hacks to control your blood pressure.

And if you'll enter your weight, we'll show you the trends and changes in data charts, so you reach your fitness goals faster. Plus, once you've synced Apple Health or Google Fit, we'd send your data to these apps so you can always keep track of your weight.

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