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Recorder

What is the benefit of lifelogging my life with OptimizeMe?

How much data do I need to see correlations?

Why is there a difference between activities and items?

What activities should I record?

What items should I record?

Can I lifelog my activities automatically?

Why does stopwatch screen sometimes not appear when I select an activity?

Can I record multiple activities at once?

What does the message "What are you doing next?" mean?

Where do I find my recorded activities?

How can I delete an activity?

What does the "Days lived" mean?

Integration with Moves

How can I obtain my data from Moves?

Which data does OptimizeMe transfer from Moves?

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer my last activity?

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer data older than 1 week?

Why do some locations from Moves appear as "Unknown" in OptimizeMe?

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer Walking inside a location?

Customizer

How can I customize an item on my profile screen?

How can I define new activity type?

Can I customize the icon for an activity type?

How can I edit a person or group of people?

What happens with my data if I delete an activity type or item?

Goalsetter

Where can I see the progress toward my goals?

I have set a weekly goal for an activity - why does Ari tell me that I achieved it after a single activity?

Can I set a goal for frequency of an activity instead of total time?

Ari

Where can I see correlations for an activity type or item?

Why does Ari not show any correlations for an activity type or item?

What period of time does Ari include into the data analysis?

How do I interpret correlations that Ari shows me?

If I change my behavior, would Ari show me different correlations?

Analyzer

How can I visualize an activity on a line chart?

How can I visualize an item on a line chart?

How can I visualize my daily mood on a line chart?

How can I visualize the time spent with a person or a group of people?

What does "%" button on the line chart refer to?

Data policy

What happens with all the data that I collect with OptimizeMe?

Can I export my data from OptimizeMe?

Future plans

Will OptimizeMe be available on Android?

Will OptimizeMe integrate data from further devices or apps?


Recorder

What is the benefit of lifelogging my life with OptimizeMe?

OptimizeMe automatically translates all the recorded data into your personal insights by mining the existing correlations: How does walking affect your sleep? Which exercises influence your weight most? How does your work affect your health? How do other people influence your mood? OptimizeMe answers all of these and many more questions to help you make positive changes in your everyday life.

How much data do I need to see correlations?

Ari will provide you with your first correlations after 7 recorded days. If you are using the activity tracker Moves since more than a week, you will be able to see the correlations right after your first synchronization with OptimizeMe. The more Quantified Self you track, the more insights you will get - and the more accurate they will be.

Why is there a difference between activities and items?

OptimizeMe distinguishes between activities and items to simplify the analysis and interpretation of Lifelogging data. Activities are things you do during the day for a significant amount of time, like Work or Sleep. Items are Quantified Self parameters which are entered only once a day and are mostly unrelated to time, like Weight or total amount of Water you drink. Recorded activities end up on a timeline whereas items are kept separate in your profile screen.

What activities should I record?

This is up to you. You may start with a few activities, like Sleep, Work and Gym. Or you may decide to lifelog your entire day. Depending on your preference, OptimizeMe offers you an extended list of activities and the option to define your own activities in the Customizer tab.

What items should I record?

This is up to you as well. The pre-defined list of items includes Weight, Stress Level, Glasses of Water and Health Status (how well you feel during the day). Both Stress Level and Health Status are subjective assessments but still offer interesting insights, especially in connection with other Lifelogging data.

Can I lifelog my activities automatically?

OptimizeMe integrates data from activity tracker Moves, which automatically recognizes Walking, Running, Cycling, Steps, Calories Burned and Locations you visit. See Integration to Moves section for more details.

Why does stopwatch screen sometimes not appear when I select an activity?

The stopwatch function is only available if the date in "Recorder" is set to "Today".

Can I record multiple activities at once?

Yes, if you already record one activity with a stopwatch just tap on another activity from the list.

What does the message "What are you doing next?" mean?

After you've recorded a number of activities, OptimizeMe is able to predict which activity you are most probably going to do next based on your Lifelogging data. Tap on one of the suggested activities to start recording it or tap next to the message to cancel it.

Where do I find my recorded activities?

Tap on the pie chart in the middle of the "Recorder" screen to see your Lifelogging Timeline.

How can I delete an activity?

In the list of recorded activities swipe the activity you want to delete, tap "x" and confirm with "Delete".

What does the "Days lived" mean?

"Days lived" is calculated based on your birthday. This entry is not included in any analyses and serves solely for comparison with "Days recorded", which calculate the number of your Lifelogging days available.

Integration with Moves

How can I obtain my data from Moves?

Go to "Settings", tap "Connect to Moves" and "Allow". When connecting to Moves for the first time, it may take up to 2 minutes to transfer your data. For daily data transfer tap "Sync" button in the upper right corner in "Recorder". To obtain the most recent data always update Moves first before synchronizing with OptimizeMe.

Tip: The best way to synchronize OptimizeMe with Moves is once a day in the evening.

Which data does OptimizeMe transfer from Moves?

Walking, Running, Cycling, Transport, Steps, Active Calories and Locations are transferred from Moves. Locations are automatically translated into activities based on their Foursquare category. For example, your time spent in the office is automatically translated into "Work", your time in a restaurant is translated into "Dining out", etc. This way, your Lifelogging data is categorized for you automatically.

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer my last activity?

OptimizeMe only transfers an activity from Moves once this activity is finished. For example, if you are still at work, OptimizeMe doesn't add "Work" to your timeline upon synchronization with Moves. However once Moves records that you are walking out of the office, you are able to transfer the activity "Work" to OptimizeMe.

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer data older than 1 week?

Due to high traffic requirements we decided to limit the initial data transfer from Moves to the past 1 week.

Why do some locations from Moves appear as "Unknown" in OptimizeMe?

OptimizeMe translates locations from Moves into activities based on their Foursquare category. Every location in Moves needs to be categorized (Restaurant, Movie theater, etc.) before synchronization with OptimizeMe. Otherwise it appears as "Unknown" on OptimizeMe's timeline.

Why doesn't OptimizeMe transfer Walking inside a location?

Walking inside a location is counted as "Steps" but does not appear on your timeline to prevent double-counting. For example, if you spend your time in a golf club, Moves will also count Walking within the club. Upon synchronization, OptimizeMe transfers this as "Golf" activity and adds the steps to your profile screen.

Customizer

How can I customize an item on my profile screen?

Go to "Customizer" tab and tap the category to which the item belongs, then tap "Items" and select the item from the list. You can change item's name, unit or delete it with "x". To delete an item directly from the list of items swipe it, tap "x" and confirm with "Delete".

How can I define new activity type?

Go to "Customizer" tab, select the category to which the activity belongs and tap "+" in the upper right corner. For each activity you can define a number of attributes like "Distance" for Running or "Productivity" for Work.

Can I customize the icon for an activity type?

Go to "Customizer" tab, select the category to which the activity belongs and tap on the "Icon" button in the middle.

How can I edit a person or group of people?

Go to "Customizer" tab and then tap on "Social". To delete or edit a group, tap it and then tap it again in the “Change group” screen. To delete or edit a person, tap the group it belongs to and then tap person’s name in the list.

What happens with my data if I delete an activity type or item?

By deleting an activity type or item in "Customizer" all the associated data will be deleted as well.

Goalsetter

Where can I see the progress toward my goals?

There are multiple ways to do it. Ari automatically tells you about your goal performance in the second message. Tap on one of the five Lifelogging categories below Ari and select the activity type or item from the list to see your progress. If your goal is related to an activity, you can also check it directly from the "Timeline" screen of activities by tapping the activity and then the "Ari" button. If your goal is related to an item, you can also check the goal performance directly from your profile screen screen by tapping the item and then "Ari" button.

I have set a weekly goal for an activity - why does Ari tell me that I achieved it after a single activity?

Ari automatically recalculates your goals from weekly to daily once. For example, if your running goal is 2.5 hours a week, Ari will note its achievement as long as you run at least 22 minutes on any particular day.

Can I set a goal for frequency of an activity instead of total time?

Currently, this is not possible. However you can define an item for this activity and track the number of times you accomplish it per day.

Ari

Where can I see correlations for an activity type or item?

Go to "Ari" tab, tap on one of the five Lifelogging categories below Ari and select the activity type or item from the list to see the correlations. To access this screen directly from "Recorder" tab select any recorded activity from the timeline and tap the "Ari" button.

Why does Ari not show any correlations for an activity type or item?

Ari automatically searches through your Quantified Self data to find correlations. However this analysis requires at least 7 days of data and a correlation coefficient of ±0.15 (±15%) between the two parameters. Ari shows you a correlation in your Lifelogging data only if both requirements are met.

What period of time does Ari include into the data analysis?

The daily average and the goal performance are calculated based on the last 7 days lifelogged. The growth trend for activity types, items and mood compare the average of the last 7 days with the average of the previous 7 days. The correlation analysis includes a longer period of time.

How do I interpret correlations that Ari shows me?

Correlations indicate that two parameters may influence each other or are both influenced by a third parameter. For example if you get a positive correlation between the time you sleep and your mood, you may think of sleeping a bit longer to improve your mood during the day. However you can never be sure if the relationship is causal.

If I change my behavior, would Ari show me different correlations?

Yes, if you start a new type of exercise, change your job or your relationship, you will see new correlations already after a week. This way you can always learn about the impact of your behavioral changes on your Quantified Self and adapt accordingly.

Analyzer

How can I visualize an activity on a line chart?

Go to the "Timeline" screen, tap the activity and then on the "Chart" button.

How can I visualize an item on a line chart?

Go to the profile screen, tap the item, then tap on the "Chart" button.

How can I visualize my daily mood on a line chart?

Go to "Analyzer" tab, tap "Line chart", tap the four colored dots in the upper right corner, then tap "+", under "Category" select "Social" and under "Type" select "Mood".

How can I visualize the time spent with a person or a group of people?

Go to "Analyzer" tab, tap "Line chart", tap the four colored dots in the upper right corner, then tap "+", under "Category" select "Social" and tap on the group or person in the "Group" or "Person" list.

What does "%" button on the line chart refer to?

It recalculates all the values in percent of their average over the displayed period of time. This feature allows you to display parameters with different units on the same line chart.

Data policy

What happens with all the data that I collect with OptimizeMe?

Any Lifelogging and Quantified Self data you add directly into OptimizeMe remains exclusively on your device and will not be shared with us or other users. You can add, edit or delete this data any time directly in the app. You can read more details in our Privacy Policy.

Can I export my data from OptimizeMe?

Go to "Settings" tab and tap "Export data" - Your data will be exported to CSV format. Data export may take up to one minute depending on the amount of data.

Future plans

Will OptimizeMe be available on Android?

We have plans to port OptimizeMe to Android but our timeline is not fixed yet.

Will OptimizeMe integrate data from further devices or apps?

We consider integration of further wearables and tracking apps as one of our major tasks. We prioritize them based on the user feedback we receive.