How I Automated Tracking My Habits

January 1, 2023
Reading 12 minutes

I have several habits and I try to not break the chain, but I’m lazy to check I did that. Because all my habits are digital, reading a book (e-reader), and learning language (apps). So I can track automatically my habits. But if I do not check them how do I see my chain? Let’s figure it out.

Automation for Reading

Last year I bought an e-reader. Very powerful device because it logs my reading statistics, but I couldn’t find a way to share this data so I changed my reader app to Koreader. Koreader has more data and cloud sync feature. I created a simple service it collects my reading data.

Koreader logs book, page, reading time per page, and date. I also created a simple go server and serve koreader data.

    "id": 1,
    "name": "KOReader Quickstart Guide",
    "readings": [
        "page": 1,
        "startTime": 1672072693,
        "duration": 13
        "page": 2,
        "startTime": 1672072706,
        "duration": 11
        "page": 3,
        "startTime": 1672072717,
        "duration": 6
        "page": 6,
        "startTime": 1672072728,
        "duration": 14
Automation for Blog Posts

Yeah yeah, I said I’m lazy. I can’t write regularly, but I added a new habit: blog posts every month. It looks easy and affordable. Anyway, the topic is automation. This blog has RSS feed, and I can read the last post date 🚀

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<rss version="2.0" xmlns:atom="" xmlns:content="">
        <title>Yusuf Özgül | Blog | Resume | Portfolio</title>
        <description>Blog, Projects, ...</description>
        <lastBuildDate>Sat, 20 Aug 2022 11:19:52 +0000</lastBuildDate>
        <pubDate>Sat, 20 Aug 2022 11:19:52 +0000</pubDate>
Automation for Learn Language

No none of my using apps has API about learning stats, even my app ☹️I found another method, tracking spending time on the app. I create iOS Shortcuts automation when the app opened and closed. I save the date and I know I much time spend on an app.

  "app-lastOpenedDate": "2022-12-31T20:01:10.731Z",
  "app-isOpened": false,
  "app-duration": 11811.355
Last Thing

I needed just combine all of them. So I can run and log every night. I use Scriptable and Shortcuts, shortcuts trigger Scriptable every night, and scriptable reads daily reminders folder, and check each of them. I also create a simple log server, scriptable to log every reminder with state and I’ll make UI for my past logs. I’ll see if I break the chain or not.

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