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Tracking Happiness: Ellis Bartholomeus

Sharing Ellis Bartholomeus, again–not only because she’s awesome–but, the project she presented at 2015 QS Europe Conference in Amsterdam, Draw a Face a Day relates to a recent post on Tracking Happiness.  Like Ashish’s project, Ellis tracks her mood with 1 simple task at the end of the day–but, instead of using a number (at least not in the beginning), she draws a face: happy, sad, confused, melancholic, etc.

As a designer by trade, drawing is a fun way for Ellis to track her mood, however, she struggled to find ways to visualize the data to actually learn from it. She eventually came up with a number system (1-3) and a color coding system that she could then look at weeks and months at a time. She began to add to the face-a-day tracking and drew glasses of wine for each drink she had, pots for when she cooked at home, etc. She learned what color she typically lived her best life at and found that she became both happier and healthier from doing this project.

Ellis' daily drawings tracking various aspects of her life

Ellis’ daily drawings tracking various aspects of her life

Ellis' weight decreased while she actively tracked her mood and alcohol usage using pictures.

Ellis’ weight decreased while she actively tracked her mood and alcohol usage using pictures

Ellis' visualizations from her project "A Face a Day"

Ellis’ visualizations from her project “A Face a Day”

 

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Announcing InsideTracker Give-Away for QS18 Attendees

We are excited to announce InsideTracker as a QS18 Exhibitor. Gil Blander, President and Initial Founder, gave a great talk introducing InsideTracker at the QS15 Conference + EXPO.

Gil Blander shares his story of Inside Tracker at QS15

Gil Blander shares his story of Inside Tracker at QS15

InsideTracker puts the power of personalized nutrition into your hands, using your blood, DNA, and habits. They create evidence-based solutions that are simple, actionable, and personalized – because no two bodies are the same. InsideTracker’s goal is to cut through the noise of diet and fitness fads by analyzing blood, DNA, and habits, and tell each person how to live, look, age, and perform better.

Ahead of QS18, InsideTracker will be giving away a chance to test and retest using the Ultimate + InnerAge plan ($1107 in value) to two lucky QS18 attendees. Each selected candidate will get an opportunity to share their experience through a Show&Tell at QS18 in Portland. If you are registered for QS18, send us an email (labs@quantifiedself.com) with your project/question. If you haven’t yet registered—now is your time to register for QS18 to take advantage of this generous offer. We will be accepting emails until July 31.

In your email, please specify what you are hoping to learn and your time frame for completing project. You should plan to run this test in August/September in order to be prepared to present at the conference on September 22/23. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Tracking Happiness: Ashish Mukharji

Another conceptually simple idea, but still just as profound, comes from a project by Ashish Mukharji called Tracking Happiness, presented at a Bay Area Meetup in 2013. It’s another great example of the timelessness of QS projects. QS’ers are constantly asking ageless questions where the answers are often in flux as our bodies and minds grow. It’s fascinating to reflect back on both what we are learning individually and collectively at Quantified Self; for, the confirmation from similar answers, makes the projects all the more profound.

Ashish is the author of Run Barefoot and Run Healthy. In 2010, Ashish bought a book called How of Happiness for an extra boost in happiness. He wasn’t unhappy, but he enjoyed the instructions the book provided and began tracking his happiness for three years, rating each day with one number between 1-10.  He learned that he is on average a 7 out of 10. But, more importantly, through tracking his happiness, he learned that it was most greatly affected by sleep and other variables such as mean people and solitude.  After tracking his happiness for three years, he essentially learns some important tools to help keep his life as happy as possible. (Certainly a worthwhile project for all of us to learn from!)

We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.

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Tracking Gratitude: Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong kept a gratitude list for two years and shared his project Learning from Gratitude at a New York Meetup in 2015. Armstrong is a writer and in this talk, he shares how keeping a gratitude list every day for the past two year has changed his habits, actions and outlook.

Every morning Armstrong writes down five things that he’s grateful for, five things that happened in the previous day and five things that he is feeling right then. When he shared this talk, he had collected over 3,000 items. His findings are simple, but a good reminder for all of us to stay present with a mindset of gratitude, especially as we live through very challenging times. How do you track your gratitude?

We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.

 

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Tracking Our Past: Ellis Bartholomeus

Ellis Bartholemeus is a big fan of quantifying and at QS17 she presented her project My Health Scars that shares her “quantified body” from tracking and measuring her physical scars. Scars represent memories from the past that are often derived from traumatic events. However, there can be deep learnings lived through each “representative” scar and Ellis inspires us to identify and celebrate these marks, as opposed to hide them.

Ellis’ project reminds us to look at our own personal scars and history lived through them. And today, on the Fourth of July (The United State’s Independence Day), we can open our lens even further to investigate the scars of our country and our planet. What can we learn from simply looking at them, measuring them, tracking them? Scars represent history; recalling that history helps us see what we missed, who we hurt, what we lost, or perhaps, what we gained. If we ignore the scars, we potentially lose sight of who we are and where we’ve come from. In this talk, Ellis exposes the intimate and deep learnings that come from slowing down to track a part of one’s life, and in her instance, scars.

Ellis tracks the data on her scars which includes the date of the injury, size of the scar, impact of the scar, and healing time

Ellis tracks the data on her scars which includes the date of the injury, size of the scar, impact of the scar, and healing time

Ellis measuring a scar

Ellis measuring a scar

Ellis' talk at QS17 in Amsterdam

Ellis’ talk at QS17 in Amsterdam

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Music Habits Analyzed Through Tracking: Steven Jonas

Steven Jonas presented his interesting project, Spaced Listening to the Bay Area Meetup Group at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in 2017. In this project, Steven takes a very active role in his music engagement to increase his listening palate.

Steven knows that he needs to listen to an album a few times before he begins to like it. Despite knowing this, he found that he often chose not to listen to a new album because he knew it would be somewhat unpleasant. In this talk, he shows a system he created that schedules when he should listen to a particular album in the hopes that it would lead him to liking new music.

Steven's timing schedule of when to introduce new songs

Steven’s timing schedule of when to repeat new songs

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Music Habits Analyzed Through Tracking: Rocio Chongtay

Listening to music is often a passive past-time; we listen to what we like, while enjoying the lyrics and beats. Even without much thought, music can be a tool to help motivate a work-out, stimulate a drive, or simply aid relaxation in a spa. However, when we take an active role in our listening, we can discover very unique findings about ourselves.  In the next few days, we will share with you a couple of great projects presented at QS conferences and Meetups that demonstrate personal learnings gained from taking an active role in music listening.

At The 2015 Quantified Self Global Conference in Amsterdam, Rocio Chongtay presented her project Quantified Brain and Music for Self-Tuning . In this talk, Chongtay shares her novel and thoughtfully designed experiments in using music to adjust her concentration and relaxation depending on what she’s doing. Using a consumer EEG device from Neurosky, Rocio tried different types of music while tracking the relaxation and concentration dimensions identified by the Neurosky algorithm. She talks about the experiences she had with Neurosky in her lab, and how she turned those techniques to understanding something about her own mind. Have a listen to find out the type of music she learned that helps her focus the most.

We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.

 

 

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Kids and QS at Quantified Self Conferences: Cantor Soule-Reeves

Cantor Soule-Reeves presented his inspiring project, Fight for your Right to Recess  at QS17 in Amsterdam last year. With this project, Cantor proves how empowering data can actually be when analyzed.

Cantor is an 8 year old who goes to Richmond Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. The students of Richmond Elementary get 20 minutes of recess every day, however when it rains, recess is cancelled. And, it rains a lot in Portland—about 164 days a year on average. Cantor started tracking his steps on rainy days and sunny days and based on his data, he’s able to prove that every cancelled recess takes about 600 steps out of his day. This is significant for an eight year old. In this project, Cantor and Bethany (his mother) talk about the project and their plan to take the information to the school in hope to change his elementary school’s policy for rainy-day restrictions.

Cantor Soule-Reeves presents his project at QS17, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cantor Soule-Reeves presents his project at QS17, Amsterdam, Netherlands

We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.

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Kids and QS at Quantified Self Conferences: Bill Schuller

To beat potential Summer boredom, hopefully this next highlighted project from Bill Schuller will give some inspiration. Bill Schuller presented QS Adventures with my Kids at the 2013 QS Global Conference in the Presidio, San Francisco. Bill started tracking his exercise and weight in 2010. His preschool-aged son, began to imitate Bill’s tracking behavior by regularly stepping on the scale, not to watch his weight, but to just check his numbers. Bill then designed tracking games for his son. One of them involved putting things away in the house while tracking steps and gaining “clean-up points.” In this talk, he shares more stories about how he and his children play with self-tracking.

Bill Schuller presents at the 2013 QS Global Conference, San Francisco

Bill Schuller presents at the 2013 QS Conference, San FranciscoThe pedometer used by one of Bill’s kids

Image of Bill's QS games with his kids

Image of Bill’s QS games with his kids

The pedometer used by one of Bill's kids

The pedometer used by one of Bill’s kids

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Kids and QS at Quantified Self Conferences: Victor Lee

Aligned with QS and learning, Victor Lee presents Quantifying with Kids at QS15 in San Francisco. As an educator, Lee spends most of his time thinking about how learning works. Lee discusses his QS project using a range of technologies (fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin) to track kids’ activities throughout their days. Lee helps the students work with their data, make visualizations and analyze their results.

Graph of the learning gains of kids working with their own data vs traditional instruction

Graph of the learning gains of kids working with their own data vs traditional instruction

We hope you can join us to share your learnings from a project, or simply be inspired at this year’s Quantified Self 2018 Conference in Portland on September 22-23. Register here.

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