The ‘Quantified Self’… with new technologies and trackers available today, is becoming more and more an important movement of people that want to understand more about themselves by tracking bits of data about themselves and then analyzing it to change for the better. Over a decade ago, I started tracking data like what I ate, how much a walked, where I have been, photos I take, money I spend, media I consume, and how I communicate.
Since then, I have been gathering and record more and more types of data. Here are some datapoint counts of what I have collected since mid 2000.
I use this data for a variety of reasons like a personal Google assistant that I can query for if I have been to that restaurant and did I like it, the last time I saw a friend and what we did, or what's my favorite pizza topping.
Since I am a goal driven person, my best use the data to stay on track to my life goals and annual objectives. I have created various dashboards to track progress. But inspired by Nicholas Felton’s “Annual Reports” (http://www.feltron.com/), I started creating annual report books of my quantified self in 2010. The exercise was not only to research and create the report but also to force me to view and analyze the data in new ways, exposing more about myself. The act of creating the report opened my eyes to new ways of seeing things about myself. Here are the covers of all the reports so far.
I have done some talks around my work in Quantified Self with the videos shown below.