The Personal Side of
     Tracking
   Alexandra Carmichael, Jan 2009
I blogged about my self-tracking on the QS blog...
It got submitted to BoingBoing...
The comments were polarized...

                        Positive:
                  “Fascinating stuff”

                “...
Negative:
           “Bahh”

           “Eeeh”

           “OCD”

           “TMI”

Speculations about my sex life

      ...
Why all the fuss?

I really don’t know, but here’s what I do know...
Here’s a glimpse of my 5 months of tracking...
                                (green line = goal)



                   S...
The positives of my self-tracking experience...

    Lost 5 pounds

Measurably improved
      mood

 Greater feelings of
 ...
If it’s all positive,
                  ,




why doesn’t everybody do it?
The negatives of my self-tracking experience...

    Constant mental
      budgeting

 Negative self-talk on
    outlier d...
There Are Always Tradeoffs
But For Me, For Now, It’s Worth It
Questions? Comments?

 alexandra@curetogether.com
http://twitter.com/accarmichael
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Quantified Self Jan 09 - The Personal Side Of Tracking

  1. 1. The Personal Side of Tracking Alexandra Carmichael, Jan 2009
  2. 2. I blogged about my self-tracking on the QS blog...
  3. 3. It got submitted to BoingBoing...
  4. 4. The comments were polarized... Positive: “Fascinating stuff” “A good direct method to effect change” “I'd love to track this kind of data about myself, make plots, draw conclusions”
  5. 5. Negative: “Bahh” “Eeeh” “OCD” “TMI” Speculations about my sex life Narcissism
  6. 6. Why all the fuss? I really don’t know, but here’s what I do know...
  7. 7. Here’s a glimpse of my 5 months of tracking... (green line = goal) Start Average End 2,700 2000 2,025 130.0 118 97.5 1,350 10.0 5.00 4 8 65.0 7.5 2.50 675 5.0 0 32.5 2.5 -2.50 0 0 0 -5.00 Weight Sleep Calories Mood
  8. 8. The positives of my self-tracking experience... Lost 5 pounds Measurably improved mood Greater feelings of balance and control New friends (at QS!)
  9. 9. If it’s all positive, , why doesn’t everybody do it?
  10. 10. The negatives of my self-tracking experience... Constant mental budgeting Negative self-talk on outlier days “Some days you want to put down the pencil and just live.”- a fellow tracker
  11. 11. There Are Always Tradeoffs
  12. 12. But For Me, For Now, It’s Worth It
  13. 13. Questions? Comments? alexandra@curetogether.com http://twitter.com/accarmichael

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