A few examples of self-tracking projects
As today’s NaBloPoMo prompt didn’t inspire me, I thought it would be interesting to look at other self-monitoring projects and share some of my findings. As I explained early on, all kinds of things can be monitored for all kinds of reasons. Some people merely hope to understand themselves and their lives, but many are trying to answer a question, improve an area of their life, or solve a problem they are facing. Here are some examples of how keeping track can help.
…as long as you don’t expect to follow through
Most of the time, I like to know in advance what I am going to do, when, where, with whom, how much it will cost, what I should bring, etc. I find it reassuring, especially at weekends: having plans brings the certainty of doing something interesting, enjoyable, and/or useful – in other words, of making the most of my free time. It gives me something to look forward to while I deal with mundane tasks or when I feel like I am wasting my time.
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A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to do something I had been considering for a while: to start a self-monitoring project. Some people keep track of their weight, sleep, training sessions, calorie intake, etc. – I wanted to go beyond that. Every aspect of my life that I felt the need to work on would be monitored in order to motivate me and help me improve.