1) What about adding RescueTime?
2) Where can I sign up?
Rescue Time and some productivity trackers are coming once we're happy we've done a decent job on our initial focus of health and fitness. Which is hopefully not too far off.
* Everybody knows enough sleep is a good thing, but not everybody has a productivity chart to make its importance visceral.
* Provide early warning signs to rest before you get migraine. Common triggers are stress, hunger, fatigue, hormone levels (medication), indoor air quality and lighting. A common early warning sign is an unusual appetite. The facts are known, but their importance varies and not everybody is sufficiently self-aware.
* Automatic goal tracking for Beeminder, because that increases the chance you achieve your goals.
* Prevent procrastination: Is it possible to infer mood from your data, e.g. movement patterns, after some initial training? (The food industry can measure feelings amazingly well in their food design labs.) I know I'm much more likely to procrastinate when I'm low on energy. Right now, I'm trying to notice that earlier and take a break or fix the underlying problem.
I'm keen to adopt Quantified Self strategies. It's more important, valuable as you get older.
I bought an Omron 10 blood pressure cuff. It has a USB port and some Windows software. I'm a Mac user. Figuring out how to slurp the measurements is on my to do list. I hope you're considering supporting home health monitors. Glucose monitors, BP, weight, etc.
I've been looking for a passive sleep monitor. The FitBit I own requires me to start and stop the timer. Meh. I've tried the SleepCycle app. Haven't embraced it yet.
Anyway. Good luck. You're doing important work.
BodyMedia's FIT detects when you lie down and get up (so no need to push any buttons), and you don't need to transfer the device into an awkward wrist strap (since you're wearing it on your upper arm).
Holy moly! This month I've slept 285 hours. So what?
Heck! You took a hell of a lot of steps lately, you should pace yourself man, you don't wanna wear out those heels, now, do you?
Is that what you had in mind when you decided this was really the best way to spend your precious time?
Presuppose that you believe there is value in doing more, or less, of certain things. And that you have a way to measure the amount of those things that you do, either manually or via some passive monitor. Quantification can help you in your efforts to change your behaviours by making them measurable and less subject to the vagaries of bias and memory failure.
For example, if you felt that it was a total waste of your time and energy to write snarky comments on the interweb which appear to be written from a place of intentional ignorance, you could wire a monitor up to your downvotes and over time aim to minimize your negativity by making an effort to think about ideas from multiple perspectives, or by doing some background reading to cure yourself of the "confusing to me" == "stupid" virus.
A more common use might be "how many miles have I run this week?" "Do I have more productive days after running, or after a good sleep, or both?". Unlike the "don't be a jerk unnecessarily" monitor, these are more informative when you can look at lots of data, because the causes and effects are more complicated and often intertwined.
The biggest problem with all these QS apps & wearables is it gives me TONS of really beautiful, useless data.
There's no action steps:
- no "you sleep optimally when going to bed at X and waking up at Y"
- no "you need to walk 15,000 steps for the next two months to hit your weight loss goal.
QS is a start - but there needs to be some sort of data interpretation for this stuff to be useful.
One reason for this is that the human body is too complex (and the data too incomplete) for simplistic advice like "walk x steps per day to reach weight y".
You're also unlikely to discover a novel correlation that can be used to lose weight (and write a book and get rich)... But what you can do is use your data to determine which known solutions are working for you, and which are not (e.g. do I really sleep better when going to bed before midnight, all else being equal?).
I'm eager to see how exist.io handles all of this! (I run another service in this space, zenobase.com)