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“If I look at this, I have these memories, and I remember this was a good year.”
Collect it and forget it. This could be be hidden mantra of many people engaged with self-tracking, myself included. I will readily admit to buying a device or application with the hope that I can collect enough information to generate a grand insight at some mythical point in the future where the intersection of free time, analytical knowledge, and sample size magically coalesce. Ulrich Atz encountered the same problem. He was tracking, but soon lost sight of the purpose. Rather than giving up he started a new tracking project.
Ulrich started by building on the popular habit and tracking theory, Don’t Break the Chain, based on consistency in behaviors you care about. He identified six major categories he wanted to understand and pay attention to: his evening ritual, fitness, nutrition, learning, sleep, and travel. Rather than using an passive tracking system like Foursquare of Sleep Cycle, he decided to keep track of it by writing on a large wall calendar. In this presentation, given at the London QS meetup group, Ulrich describes his methods and what he learned from this year-long process.
Karen Herzog and Richard Sachs of Sophia’s Garden and Valley Design Group were the last to speak. They stood before a hushed audience at the last Bay Area QS Show&Tell, telling the incredible, moving story of their late daughter Sophia.
Sophia had Niemann-Pick Disease Type A, a rare lysosomal storage disease. Karen and Richard coordinated her care themselves, keeping detailed collaborative records of Sophia and even running their own n=1 clinical trial. The smooth functioning of Sophia’s extensive, international community of care and her very life depended on accurate documentation – one small thing that went wrong could mean that she would die.
Watch Sophia’s inspiring story below.