Track Your Habits

Back in 2011, when I was still learning the ropes of app development, I made a utility app called TracKit, which had the working title “I did it again.” I wanted a way to keep track of any time any particular occurrence happened and also note where it happened. I was hoping that with this data there could be a way to find trends to correlate habits to locations. TracKit was free with ad support and an IAP that unlocked additional historical data. After a few years, I removed it from the store but I’d still get questions about it here and there.

As you may know, I’ve been working with Heidi on Capsicum for the last couple of years. Capsicum is a tool to help you plan your day, track your habits, and tell your story. For the last year, habit tracking in Capsicum has been a feature that allows users to track habits daily. Daily tracking is quite handy, however several beta testers have requested the ability to track things that happen multiple times a day. This sounds familiar.

Back again for the first time

Going forward, we are revamping Capsicum to use the tracking style from TracKit. This will allow for much more granular tracking, so instead of tracking “Drink 8 glasses of water” and marking it off once a day, you can now track “Drink water” and mark it off every time you do it. This significantly changes how the habit tracking is used and how the data is represented, but I think for the better.

How to use tracking

To get a preview of how tracking works in Capsicum, check out the video below.

Siri Shortcuts

One of the most powerful ways to use Capsicum habit tracking is to add a Siri Shortcut. You can say “Hey Siri, I just took my multivitamin” or use the Shortcuts app to automatically log a habit as part of a larger automation sequence. It’s really fun to play with and super convenient to use.

Privacy

It’s worth noting that your habits and what you track is your business. The details of your data are encrypted end-to-end. We respect your privacy in the same way that we’d like ours to be respected. For more detail check out our privacy policy at https://capsicum.app/privacy.html.

Give it a try

Capsicum is currently in beta and the new tracking style is available in the beta as of today. If all goes well then we’ll be releasing the 1.0 of Capsicum near the end of the year. I’m really proud of what we’ve done so far and I’m rarely proud of my work. I can’t wait for you see it.

If you’d like to sign up for announcements of our progress and check out the beta, please sign up here.