I’m a data geek and a personal improvement fanatic.
I want to improve my personal habits, skills and behaviors. I strive to be healthy, happy and productive.
And, for the most part, I am.
One way I achieve this is by tracking my life. Self-tracking for me has two benefits:
- Increased Awareness
The simple act of tracking makes me self-aware and helps me to change my behaviors. Tracking calories helps me lose weight, even when I don’t consciously change my diet. Wearing my FitBit causes me to exercise more, even though I rarely look at the data afterwards.
- Actionable Data
Memory can be unreliable. Not only do we forget details, we alter them as new experiences change our perception of old ones. Confirmation bias can make us conveniently forget details that don’t support the conclusion we want. Tracking information gives me a more objective view, helping me to make better decisions.