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  1. 1. Healthier Information using "Quantified Self” methods to improve your information diet Tim McCormick HighWire | Stanford University @mccormicktim / tim@tjm.org / tjm.org QS Show & Tell, 3/28/12, Google
  2. 2. Healthier Information using "Quantified Self” methods to improve your information diet Tim McCormick HighWire | Stanford University @mccormicktim / tim@tjm.org / tjm.org QS Show & Tell, 3/28/12, Google
  3. 3. $10M Tricorder X Prize: a device to diagnose patients
  4. 4. I work on "Tricorders" for your information diet: diagnose and address your knowledge state.
  5. 5. What did I do? 1. Examine every media source and signal in my life.
  6. 6. What did I do? 1. Examine every media source and signal in my life. 2. Measure how much of my attention it gets.
  7. 7. What did I do? 1. Examine every media source and signal in my life. 2. Measure how much of my attention it gets. 3. Consider whether it gets the right amount of my attention (based on my priorities and values).
  8. 8. What did I do? 1. Examine every media source and signal in my life. 2. Measure how much of my attention it gets. 3. Consider whether it gets the right amount of my attention (based on my priorities and values). 4. Shift attention to the higher-value signals.
  9. 9. What did I learn? First, kill all the Alerts
  10. 10. What did I learn? First, kill all the Alerts
  11. 11. Information work plate-spinning
  12. 12. Information work plate-spinning
  13. 13. Next, tame your email: example: Tim's Lower-Anxiety Gmail 1. Soothing color palette 2. G+ notifications disabled 3. "Important" folder on top. Only 10 mails 4. Personal in last 4 days & work mail managed, prioritized in 1 place
  14. 14. Next, tame your email: example: Tim's Lower-Anxiety Gmail 1. Soothing color palette 2. G+ notifications disabled 3. "Important" folder on top. Only 10 mails 4. Personal in last 4 days & work mail managed, prioritized in 1 place
  15. 15. Next, tame your email: example: Tim's Lower-Anxiety Gmail 1. Soothing color palette 2. G+ notifications disabled 3. "Important" folder on top. Only 10 mails 4. Personal in last 4 days & work mail managed, prioritized in 1 place
  16. 16. Next, tame your email: example: Tim's Lower-Anxiety Gmail 1. Soothing color palette 2. G+ notifications disabled 3. "Important" folder on top. Only 10 mails 4. Personal in last 4 days & work mail managed, prioritized in 1 place .. but most importantly, shut it off for 2-4 hours at a time to focus!
  17. 17. http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/
  18. 18. http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/
  19. 19. Next: redesign your news
  20. 20. Next: redesign your news
  21. 21. Quantified media / info value
  22. 22. Quantified media / info value
  23. 23. Quantified media / info value >
  24. 24. I also learned that these principles are useful in my work: (product development in scholarly publishing)
  25. 25. Example: Bone & Joint 360 journal “6 issues/year, 60 minutes to read each”
  26. 26. "Organize Around Priorities” --Stephen Covey
  27. 27. => Organize your Signals to Serve your Priorities
  28. 28. The Buddha: "Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice." Today: "Connection is inevitable but distraction is a choice." -- Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, ContemplativeComputing.org
  29. 29. The Buddha: "Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice." Today: "Connection is inevitable but distraction is a choice." -- Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, ContemplativeComputing.org
  30. 30. Thanks & Questions Tim McCormick HighWire | Stanford University @mccormicktim / tim@tjm.org / tjm.org

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