Tagged: self-tracking


Quantify and track your sleep, eating, exercise, reading, mood, energy, etc. Increase the good, decrease the bad. Push yourself. Look for correlations. Tweak variables. Introduce new ones. Discard what doesn’t work.

Use a spreadsheet. Use gadgets and apps: Fitbit for walking and sleep, RunKeeper for runs, Withings for weight, Pocket for reading, etc.

Remember the Peter Drucker dictum: “What gets measured, gets managed.” Focus on concrete behaviors (“Do 50 dips every morning.”) over goals (but have concrete goals (“Run 26.2 miles.”)).

Caveat: Information does not necessarily lead to action [Fogg].

Further reading:

The Quantified Self (Wikipedia)

The Quantified Self (official site)

BJ Fogg et al. 2011-02-23. Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change…and Some Ways You Can Fix Them. Slideshare

Gary Wolf. 2008-04-21. Want to Remember Everything You’ll Every Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm. Wired