The first step towards solving any problem is identifying it. If you feel your life needs some changes but you just can’t put your finger on the problem, there are some apps out there that can help you. The idea of an app helping you get your life back on track might sound a bit too outlandish, but the popularity of apps like Lift and Juice clearly shows how much people can get out of such tools. Both the aforementioned apps, however, are a bit limited because you can’t track everything about your life using them, and the level of automation they offer is close to zero. tenXer, however, has the potential to become a frequently used app on your iPhone by letting you keep an eye on your real-life routine and social media habits. The app can even track your working hours automatically by monitoring your location.
You need an account to use tenXer, which can be created from within the app. If you want to add some social networks or other personal accounts to the service, it is necessary to go to its website. The supported services include Twitter, Google, GitHub, and more. You don’t have to connect any of these services with tenXer if you would prefer not to; the app remains perfectly useful without them as well.
By default, tenXer tracks only one activity, and that is the amount of time the user spends at work. You have to specify the location of your workplace for the first time, and the app takes it from there. Other habits or activities can be added manually using the text box available at the bottom of the screen. You can also rely on tenXer to create activities automatically if you have chosen to connect services with it. These automatic activities can prove to be helpful in attaining things like cutting down on the number of tweets you post each day, or the times you visit a particular website.
For each entry added to the tenXer ‘Track’ list, you can configure a few basic options by tapping the gear icon in the top-right corner. You can define the activity’s type, enable auto-tracking for it, and choose a goal that you want to achieve.
To manually track a habit, tap it once and rotate the dial to bring it to a new value. The tracking screen also features tabs for checking out your past progress on the task in graphical form, or viewing it on a map to see where exactly the activity was performed.
tenXer is a great app for those looking for a practical way of tracking their habits. The only possible downside is that the app uses your location constantly, which will adversely affect the device’s battery life. tenXer is available for free, and is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch.
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