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My Spreadsheet from Hell

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I gave this ignite talk on the main stage at the Quantified Self 2015 conference at the beautiful Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA.

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My Spreadsheet from Hell

  1. 1. Spreadsheet from hell What I learned in 18 months of tracking my health Katie McCurdy • @katiemccurdy
  2. 2. I’ve got some autoimmune stuff
  3. 3. …leading to ‘symptom soup’
  4. 4. So many things impact how I feel
  5. 5. It’s a puzzle I’m always trying to solve But that ain’t enough to make me track
  6. 6. I wanted to try to reduce a supplement
  7. 7. Long-term effects unknown!
  8. 8. Weird things happen when I reduce
  9. 9. So I decided to track again
  10. 10. Keeping track in my mind doesn’t work
  11. 11. I didn’t want to track in the moment, and didn’t want to track food.
  12. 12. I tracked symptoms, aggravators, etc.
  13. 13. I colored it with a hellish palette
  14. 14. I set a reminder & track nightly
  15. 15. Thus 18 months passed
  16. 16. I wasn’t able to reduce the supplement
  17. 17. But I stayed in control & learned lots
  18. 18. I sleep poorly (I was in denial)
  19. 19. Booze makes it worse
  20. 20. Exercise, baths improve sleep
  21. 21. My symptoms get BAD before my period
  22. 22. We changed my meds based on this
  23. 23. Exercise seems to help everything
  24. 24. Tracking laziness can mask changes
  25. 25. Spreadsheet + vacation = no data
  26. 26. On ‘eyeballing’ the data
  27. 27. On ‘eyeballing’ the data
  28. 28. Why I will continue
  29. 29. Thanks
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