What are Tracking Points?
A 'tracking point' is a data point of something you want to keep an eye on with your daily activity log. For example, one user tracks how many cups of coffee she has per day and whether they engaged in cardio, as these are two factors that contribute heavily to her daily well being.
As a patron, you can toggle the default tracking points or edit and add new custom tracking points from the settings menu, under the 'Log Moods' header. You can delete custom tracking points by clicking the trash can icon from the 'Edit Custom Tracking Points' menu.
Types of Tracking Points
Low to High Tracking Points
Low to High tracking points are designated by 'mild', 'severe' and 'extreme' tags, and were designed to track the peak emotion of the day, not incidents total of that emotion throughout the day.
On the monthly report, low to high symptoms are translated to a scale of 1-4, with '4' as the highest/heaviest/most extreme symptoms, '1' being no symptoms, and 2 being the least or lightest manifestation of the tracked variable.
Yes/No Tracking Points
A toggled tracking point, ideal for things like 'had a bath' or 'meditated'.
On the monthly report, these are represented in two ways: a 'Y' for yes, a 'N' for no. Blank entries mean nothing was marked that day in eMoods.
Numerical Tracking Points
Numerical tracking points support negative and positive decimal numbers; ideal for tracking things like 'cups of coffee' or 'minutes of exercise'. In the case of tracking graphable times for events such as 'eating lunch', we suggest rounding to the nearest half-hour based on 24 hour schedule. (I.E., if you ate at 3:25pm, log the 'Ate Lunch' tracking point as 15.5).
On the monthly report, these are represented as raw numbers for any days that an entry was made.
Default Tracking Points
eMoods includes several commonly tracked items by default, but not everyone needs all the defaults. Talk with your medical provider(s) about which are most important for your situation. Those you don‚Äôt need can be toggled off.
List of Default Tracking Points
- Depressed Mood
- Elevated Mood
- Psychotic Symptoms
- Talk Therapy
- Menstrual Cycle
- Daily Notes
Toggling Default Symptoms Tracking
Not every individual needs to track all of the default symptoms; they can be individually toggled off in the settings menu through the 'Edit Default Tracking Points' option.
Custom Tracking Points
Custom tracking points are a feature of the patron subscription; you can create as many custom tracking points as you like. These are especially useful for complicated medication tracking in eMoods.
On Android, you can edit your custom tracking points by going to settings and clicking 'Edit Custom Tracking Points' under the 'Log Moods' header. While there is no limit to tracking points in the Android app itself, there is a limit to the number of custom tracking points that will show up on the printed report (9-12, depending on how many default points are active).
From there, you can tap the + icon to add a point, click the track can icon to remove a point, tap the slider to toggle its visibility or tap the pencil icon to make changes.
Please note that while there is no limit to tracking points in the app itself, there is a limit to the number of custom tracking points that will show up on the printed report (9-12, depending on how many default points are active) due to space restrictions as of 8-20-2020.
Patron status unlocks the ability to enter timestamped notes, which can be especially useful for complicated logging. For example, if you tap 'add timestamped note' at 12:05pm and enter 'Lunch', a note will appear on that day for 12:05pm and the comment 'lunch'.