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  • Hi I’m Joost, co-founder of QS Amsterdam and QS Europe.
  • 3 years of tracking, spend on tracking, various stuff, food, sleep, activity, productivity and loads of other metrics.
  • 3 years of tracking, spend on tracking, various stuff, food, sleep, activity, productivity and loads of other metrics. QS is based on learning, its of the three main questions.
  • So learning, by itself a highly interesting topic, related to the brain.
  • So learning, by itself a highly interesting topic, related to the brain.
  • So learning, by itself a highly interesting topic, related to the brain.
  • So learning, by itself a highly interesting topic, related to the brain.
  • Wait, what? We we’re talking about learning, not food. But hey, I wanna talk about how tracking food intake changes the way you use your brain.
  • Huh? But how? Tracking food is boring and does not relate to the learning process. How come?
  • It’s the habit of logging food intake yourself that changes you. It changes the way you save your information or makes it somehow more easily accessable. Kind off dual-N-back methods, where you use patterns to train your brain.
  • If changing your brain works this way, what other things could we try to have positive effects in both ways, ideally making food tracking usefull, even though it’s a hard thing to do…
  • Another example, inspired by Buster Benson, I shoot a picture everyday.
  • A picture on 8:36pm, a random one from last month. It took me a while to figure out the purpose of this. But for now, I use it as an anchor archive.
  • So shooting changes your behavior, but that not neccesarily defines it as a mental pattern to me. What makes this daily picture so special?
  • Having a bodily alarm clock is. It feels like it’s build into my circadian rhythm. With a accuracy of around 10 to 15 minutes I could almost predict around what time I was supposed to shoot my daily picture.
  • Having a bodily alarm clock is. It feels like it’s build into my circadian rhythm. With a accuracy of around 10 to 15 minutes I could almost predict around what time I was supposed to shoot my daily picture.
  • Mental patterns are a side-effects of behaviors. But more deeply integrated and sometimes use without thinking. However, if you stop the behavior, the mental patterns seem to ebb away, only to be reactivated by getting onto the habit.
  • Like behaviors, mental patterns could be heuristics that are to be trained into your ways of doing/thinking. If behaviors are anchors for mental patterns, could we use it as a plugin infrastructure for the brain?
  • Can we somehow prove these kind of things work?
  • Explore, plugin architecture for the brain sounds interesting, so explore that as well. What can we do next to training alarm clocks or improving memory of certain things?
  • Do more experiments, to find more mental patterns that we can use.
  • Having a bodily alarm clock is. It feels like it’s build into my circadian rhythm. With a accuracy of around 10 to 15 minutes I could almost predict around what time I was supposed to shoot my daily picture.
  • Plugin Heuristics

    1. 1. Hi I’m Joost Plattel.Fitting mental modelsto a self-tracking life{ @jplattel & jplattel.nl }
    2. 2. 94,608,000 secondsof tracking.
    3. 3. What did I do?Productivity, activity, sleep, food etc.
    4. 4. How did I do it?It probably took your time.
    5. 5. Distance.Or something else?
    6. 6. How many steps?Estimation of amount of steps required.
    7. 7. Food & Learning?I’m talking about mental patterns.
    8. 8. Logging food intakeChanges ways of storing bits of information
    9. 9. Changing the way Iremember stuff.What did you have for lunch a week ago?
    10. 10. Dual-N-back withyour food?How can we use this for other purposes?
    11. 11. Another example:8:36pmA bodily alarm-clock.
    12. 12. Behavior: yesMental: noOr is it?
    13. 13. Beep beep.Alarms in circadian rhythms?
    14. 14. What I think I learnedMuch of this is guesswork…
    15. 15. Related to behaviorAnd behavior(change) is required for creating andfostering mental patterns.
    16. 16. Plugin Heuristics?Useful shortcuts that can be trained
    17. 17. What I want to learn.What exactly happened to my rewired brain?get me a FMRI ;)
    18. 18. What I want to learn.What are other things we can do with this?
    19. 19. What I want to do?Next steps
    20. 20. Experienced thesame thing?Please get in touch!
    21. 21. Send me a reply on:@jplattel | jsplattel@gmail.com | jplattel.nl
    22. 22. Send me a reply on:@jplattel | jsplattel@gmail.com | jplattel.nl
    23. 23. Send me a reply on:@jplattel | jsplattel@gmail.com | jplattel.nl
    24. 24. Send me a reply on:@jplattel | jsplattel@gmail.com | jplattel.nl
    25. 25. Send me a reply on:@jplattel | jsplattel@gmail.com | jplattel.nl

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