Quantified Summer: Everyday Life Data Stream
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|BEING WELL: capturing state of body, psyche and mind|
The state of PSYCHE is quantified using stress and mood metrics. The stress is logged using 10-point sliding scale (1 = “no stress” .. 10 = “extreme stress”). Additionally, exposure to three types of stressors: intra-personal, inter-personal, and non-personal, is tracked using intensity scale (1= ‘no exposure .. 10 = “extreme exposure”). The two dimensions of mood, positivity and intensity, are logged using 10-point sliding scale. Logging mood 3 times a day also allows me tracking “mood swings” (measured as the variance of mood, afternoon and evening mood ratings). Both mood and stress are logged using rTracker app .
The state of MIND is quantified using alertness and executive functions metrics. The alertness is measured using psychomotor vigilance task (Mind Metrics app). The brain executive functions are measured using stroop effect test (Stroop Effect app).
Finally, the combined state of BODY, PSYCHE and MIND can be also quantified using sleep quality. It is computed as Deep+REM Sleep as % of total time in bed. The sleep efficiency is measured using Sleep Time app .
The QUALITY OF LIFE is quantified using happiness and life satisfaction metrics. The happiness is measured using a 10-point sliding scale (1=”Extremely Unhappy”, 10= “Extremely Happy”). The life satisfaction is measured as an average of responses to six questions that reflect six Ryff’s dimensions of well-being. All six questions are logged using a 10-point sliding scale. Both happiness and life satisfaction are logged using rTracker app .
|LIVING WELL: capturing everyday living|
The ACTIVE LIVING is quantified using calories burned and miles walked or biked. Active walking includes walking dogs, sports walking, and hiking. Miles and calories burned are measured using BodyMedia armband and RunKeeper app.
The LIVING INTERESTINGLY is quantified using time spent on major activities and “flow” (level of engagement and concentration) of these activities. For the sake of simplicity, instead of individual activities, this dashboard shows major categories: creative (blogging, programming, writing a book), ventures (stock trading, consulting, business ventures), loved ones (family, partner, dogs), social (friends, professional and hobbies networking), and entertainment (TV, movies, reading, Broadway shows and other entertainment). The “flow” is measured using a 10-point sliding scale (1 =”not at all engaged”, 10 = “very engaged”). Both time and “flow” for all activities are logged using rTracker app .
The Quantified Summer project has launched on May 27 and will continue until September 4th. In addition to the metrics reported above, I am currently tracking dozens of other variables pertaining to various aspects of everyday life. I hope to publish a report and release data by the end of September. I will be also presenting some findings at the QS Conference in San Francisco in October.