Evolution of My Self Tracking Form

I just shared some examples of self tracking with you. I’ve been tracking different things about myself every day for the past two months. Some examples were: my weight over, what my music listening habits look like in visual form, and how many cups of tea, coffee, and alcohol I’ve consumed. I’m also tracking how many times I shower per day, and am proud to report I’ve only not showered, like, 3 days over the past two months. Today, I want to write a little about the evolution of my self tracking form. If all of this self tracking stuff isn’t for you, feel free to skip this post and come back later. Origins I originally got interested in self tracking after I saw the awesome work that Nicholas Felton had done in his Annual Feltron Reports. Nicholas is a graphic designer, and apparently very big on data. When I saw how he had laid out all of the beers he had consumed in a year by location on a map, I naturally thought of tea. How cool would it be to see how many cups of tea I had consumed over the course of the year around December? I started thinking about what I would want to track about myself, and then I realized it would be a great extension of goal setting. I’ve talked before about how I like to set goals, and about how I experiment with different forms of public and private accountability to help me reach my goals. This seemed like an interesting experiment in accountability to myself, and I thought it would be...

Examples of Self Tracking

Skim Time: 5 Mins Read Time: 8 Mins Visual representation of all the music I’ve listened to in the last two months. What is Self Tracking? Recording data about yourself, following the idea that you can achieve greater self knowledge by actively observing your behavior and habits. The idea that logging data about yourself and attempting to observe trends in it can be a productive approach towards growth. Self tracking is a budding interest / hobby of mine. I got interested in it after seeing Nicholas Felton’s Feltron Reports. Since then, I’ve had an on and off obsession. I’ve been playing around with different methods for self tracking for the past two months, and gathering input from trusted friends. For example, I know that in the past two months, my weight has fluctuated between 204 lbs and 215 lbs, usually hovering around 208 lbs. Today, I want to share what I’ve been up to. And why I think this is cool aside from knowing my average and median weight over the past two months. How I started Self Tracking I initially started self tracking as an extension of my to-do list. Last year when things would get crazy, I would write down all of the big picture stuff I wanted to get done throughout the day, and review what I had and hadn’t accomplished at the end of every week. Usually over tea, or scotch. It was a way to wind down at the end of the week, review my progress, plan for the coming week, and another excuse to drink tea, or scotch. This weekly review system worked...