In the past years, I have tried different ways of documenting my personal data. The three most common methodologies I tried were: hand wrote things down on a dairy; wrote things on a digital blog with sounds and pictures; used an app to help me document.
I found that I tracked the most when using the app. I guess that is because it is more time efficient and easier to persist. So this time, since I really want to be able to keep a continuing personal data. I decided to use an app to help.
I decided to track my daily expenses (amount, category as well as the proportion of the expenses) by using a money tracking app.
The app I used is a Chinese app called Soonbook. (松鼠记账)
This app basically allows the users to set a monthly expense goal and track every deal of bill they spend every day. The users can choose a category, the method of payment (credit card/debit card/cash. etc), notes and pictures when they document one payment. More interestingly, you can not only to document the money you consume but also the money you earn and transactions among friends. The results will be shown in different ways that you can view: a note list, a chart, and a pie chart. You are also able to choose a different currency and set a timer to remind you every day.
I started to use this app since 1.30 and have been tracking my daily expenses for a week. I definitely think this app has helped me significantly in terms of unferstading how much I have spent each day and what did I do. I also like the way it presents my expense record. I feel like it also has helped to reduce some unnecessary expense by asking me to set a monthly expense goal. So far I am quite satisfied with the tracking process.