Quantified Summer Project – Raison D’Etre
The Quantified Summer project has finally come to an end last week, and I am currently working on the report that will summarize and present the findings. The actual data will also be made available for download on this blog, and of course, I will share the most interesting results in the future posts. In the meantime, let me explain briefly what exactly this project was about.
The Quantified Summer was essentially the first experimental phase of Measured Me initiative. As you may already know, Measured Me is my personal quest to build a system for tracking and analyzing life on everyday basis. The system must be quantitative (everything is measured and expressed in numbers and categories), parsimonious (only a handful of metrics and categories is used), and wholistic (the life is captured in its entirety, with all its essential components). Also, unlike other Quantified Self approaches, the system focuses not on one particular niche (e.g., health, mood or fitness) but rather an overall wellbeing. In its current version, system has three components:
My ultimate goal is to find the most efficient and convenient metrics that could be used to capture these dimensions on a continuous basis. After a year of reviews and preliminary testing, I selected the following nine indicators that I believe can be used to track Existential Wellbeing and Being Well dimensions:
The objective of the Quantified Summer was to track these metrics continuously for one hundred days, and then evaluate them with regard to the following criteria:
The report will describe in detail both positive and negative findings, but here is a quick preview of some essential conclusions:
I am still reviewing tools for tracking Doing Well dimension. In particular, I am looking into various metrics for tracking productivity, sociability and social influence, strength of will, etc. These metrics most likely will be tested during the next phase, Quantified Winter.
You can see the final visualization of major data points and some insights that were derived from them on this dashboard. If you are using rTracker app, you can install all indicators on your mobile phone by downloading tracker AM Input (after installing the file, change its extension from “txt” to “rtrk”, email to your iPhone or iPad as an attachment, and download it onto your device).