The security guards in the school where I work are constantly being monitor and monitoring. Surveillance cameras observe and record video of their (and our) every move. Wherever they go on campus is tracked all the time.
That sounds a little too much like Big Brother but there’s value in tracking what you do and when. Nothing improves without change, and recording what you do is a first step. Here’s an iPhone app that does just that.
Track Me, Baby!
Personally, after watching far too many N.C.I.S. episodes, I’m sure that we’re being tracked by someone somewhere for purposes of which we do not yet know.
So, why not do a little tracking and monitoring of ourselves? That’s what the app tenXer does. It tracks you all day and into the night.
Tracking is handled via location using the iPhone’s location and GPS. Set up a location as home or school or exercise and tenXer tracks it.
But it’s not just location items that get tracked. Use tenXer to track how much coffee you drink, or how many hours you spend in meetings.
What gets tracked can be drilled into to display a daily or weekly average, too.
Because your iPhone knows where you are at any given moment, tenXer can track what you do and where you do it and map it out for you.
Particularly impressive is the option to track the time devoted to meetings. Hint? It’s too much.
tenXer tracks your time at the gym, both time and number of visits. It can track your tweets (but not Facebook posts– yet).
Another secret to daily tracking of items is patterns. This is a good way to see which days of the week you do what and for how long. Performance measured is performance improved, right?
tenXer is simple to setup and use and it’s priced right, too. Free. I hope Apple still monitors these free apps so there’s not some developer sitting somewhere watching everything we do all day.