Developer: OptimizeMe
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

OptimizeMe is a statistician’s idea of heaven. Ever been motivated in a game by the prospect of an achievement or trophy? This is essentially the same principle for one’s life. With a huge wealth of options to explore, all OptimizeMe really needs is an option for ‘time spent entering data into OptimizeMe‘.

OptimizeMe allows one to track everything imaginable. It’s possible to enter daily weight, calories consumed, glasses of water taken, stress levels, health levels, as well as exterior factors such as the temperature that day, weather conditions, and steps taken. The latter doesn’t have to be counted manually as OptimizeMe ties into popular activity tracker, Moves.

The app doesn’t stop there though. Far from it, in fact. One can track every single second of the day if they want. Divided up into categories, users can enter how much sleep they enjoyed and how relaxing it was, how many hours they spent playing video games, and how long they spent at the gym. That’s scratching the surface too, as it doesn’t account for things such as creative thinking, time spent on Instagram and time spent dining or chatting to others. If completed accurately, the user is going to have a very accurate idea as to how they spend their day.

optimize3optimize1OptimizeMe goes one step further still by then analyzing the results. After using it for around a week (with more opened up after two weeks), it’s possible to see what correlations are occurring and how one’s leisure time can be affecting their productivity and vice-versa. It’s fascinating and nearly overwhelming, as well as sometimes frightening.

That’s perhaps the major issue with OptimizeMe. It’s almost too powerful. It’d be quite easy to lose a lot of time entering data into it, while also being reminded by that same app just how much time is being wasted collecting data. It’s possible to pick and choose certain criteria but the temptation to do everything is there. There’s no way to get it to memorize certain patterns (such as a regular sleep pattern or dining pattern) so everything has to be entered manually each day. It’s fascinating stuff, but almost certainly the kind of novelty that will eventually wear off as one gets worried about exactly how they’re spending their free time.

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