Being a past user of HealthifyMe and having successfully reduced a significant amount of weight, tracking stuff was my way to go for achieving my goals.
This time I decided to track my study timings. First, I tried an app called atimelogger, which was good. I could track my study time, sleep time etc. But still, I wanted something better. And I came across Yeolpumta. In Korean, the application name is an abbreviation for “Yeoljeong pumeun taimeo” (열정 품은 타이머), which means “Enthusiastic timer” in literal translation.
What made it different was that I could see myself studying and tracking it along with others with similar goals. I joined a group related to NEET PG(since I could not find a group for NEETSS) and pretty much everyone there was a hard worker.
And this app blocks other apps, so I am not distracted. In case, I need to use a study-related app, I can add it to the allowed apps.
One could also get insights like, maximum hours at a stretch, break durations, and comparison with previous weeks and months. We could also see others’ insights, which is also kind of motivating, in the way that we understand that we can push ourselves harder.
So my usual study day started with
1. Turning on ‘Do not disturb’ on my phone
2. Playing Spotify study music
I used to have a minimum target of 6 hours. On the days in which I crossed 6 hours, I would check others’ logs and would try to compete with them in the hours. The icons for each person also change depending on the hours studied. There are world rankings too which is also kind of motivating.
Some people would feel like why bother so much and turn studying so complicated. I personally used to feel this like Gamifying studying and so was good for me and helped me secure a decent rank.