Obviously there is no shortage of tracking tools out there, but I was in search of one that I could easily fold into my daily routine, and for me, that meant merging tracking with other daily use-cases.
For a few years I've been using a handful of tools:
- A Google spreadsheet to identify yearly and monthly goals (4-5 bullets, and an assessment of previous month's performance)
- Each evening, Google Keep or Inbox to identify the top 3-4 tasks for the following day
- Played with a few different habit trackers like Coach.me and Loop for Android
These worked, but due to being dispersed across a few tools/platforms, it was easy to forget about each, and fail to keep up the habits.
As such, I decided to integrate simple versions of each of these into a single light-weight web app, which has reduced the friction of each use-case (I essentially always have the app open in a tab), and allowed me to host all this data in one place for easier analysis.
Here's the prototype app - Flow Dashboard
Flow is an open source personal dashboard that allows users to keep focus on what matters: medium and long-term goals, ongoing projects, the top tasks for the day, and habits to build. It also includes an option for a daily journal to track (fully customizable) daily metrics like stress and productivity, as well as collect short narratives (with optional #tags and @mentions) to help learn associations with daily activities.
I've been using it for a few weeks and I'd welcome anyone interested in the tool to test it out, or get involved and help build it out.
Near-term goals: I'd love to add more traditional QS data streams into Flow (step trackers, smartphone sensors, etc), as well as a mobile client for even easier integration into my daily routine.