Here are some tools that tap into your data in just these ways and make it more meaningful to you by creating visualizations of what's important.
TRACK YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESSTheCarrot, you can "Track your life" by accessing their "free, easy, and anonymous tools for tracking your health". It tracks some of the most "common health questions including diet, weight, exercise, and medicines ... and allows you to track vital statistics such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure." It also tracks less common things like job satisfaction, mood, time spent watching TV, and various symptoms. Click here for a full list of all of the trackers offered.
After you track what you want, TheCarrot can instantly provide you with clear, comprehensive reports. The reports can come in two forms:
- Self-designed reports can be tailored as you "choose what factors you want to see more clearly—one or several. Then select the type of report you want—choose a journal view, a bar graph or a line graph—and choose the time frame."
- Pre-designed reports are also very useful, particularly when tracking medical conditions that require monitoring of multiple factors. These reports can then be shared with your physician.
Skydeck,"your phone, on the web" to tap into information about your mobile usage and utilize tools.
TechCrunch says that "Skydeck turns your cell phone bill into something useful. You give Skydeck the login for your mobile phone account. It scrapes the page and matches the calls with your address book, turning each phone number into a name so that you can sort your phone bill like e-mail."
“All of your cell phone calls, text messages, voicemails, and contacts are mirrored on Skydeck.com, and you can search, read, and reply to those messages online as if you were calling or texting from your cell phone.” For more on Skydeck's features, click here.
TRACK YOUR MONEY
Use Mint to get a more meaningful picture of where your money goes. Touting itself as "the best free way to manage your money", its features include easy setup and budgeting, mobile access (including an iPhone app), and helping you find ways to save, reduce your debt, and see where you are spending.
It also provides timely alerts and helpful graphs, uncovers hidden fees, and helps you track your investments.
Mint says it is safe and secure with 24/7 protection. If you need a little more convincing before you hand over your account and credit card numbers, watch this video by Mint founder and CEO on "How Mint keeps you safe".
TRACK YOUR .... BUSINESS TIME
Finally, why stop there? "Ever wonder how often you get busy?", Bedpost beta will help you figure it out. The tool has no social networking features (other than a soon-to-be-launched 'partner login' feature), so it's not a dating site and is free.
You can log things like the date, time, duration, rating (out of 5 stars), who it was with, and input "descriptive tags". Bedpost will then provide you with charts and reports on all the data you provide.