How do I keep track of everything?
October 30, 2010 7:45 AM Subscribe
What is the easiest and most convenient way to keep track of my physical and emotional health in great detail? I don't have a great memory and want something that reminds me to record various information throughout the day. I have a couple of chronic illnesses that I need to keep track of and I never remember to write stuff down when it happens.
posted by smartypantz to technology (16 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally this would be a program on a device that I carry with me where at different points in the day it alerts me to enter information, and then tracks this information and displays it on a calendar or chart. I suspect this might end up being an application on an iPhone or a Blackberry, but I am somewhat clueless in this realm and I don't know where to start. I need to also be able to enter information about symptoms as they happen and for that information to also be charted on a calendar and displayed in various graphs.
Things it needs to track:
-My emotional state every morning and evening, with the opportunity to write a journal entry
-The time I take my medication and vitamins
-My physical state - ie pain, symptoms I may be experiencing
-My menstrual cycle
-My diet and exercise
-It should also function as a calendar with reminders for appointments.
All I have now is an old Nokia cellphone and a couple of paper notebooks I always forget about. I have a PC laptop (Windows 7) so I hesitate to just go out and buy an iPhone and hope for the best as I need something compatible and very easy and pleasant to use. If the answer ends up being "get an iPhone (or Blackberry)" then please tell me the specific application I would need that will do ALL of the above.