Tag: Work

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Tracking Fight or Flight at the Office

May 20, 2015

Today’s guest post comes to us from our longtime friend and QS community member, Paul LaFontaine. Paul will be joining us at the QS15 Conference & Expo to share his expertise on tracking and making sense of heart rate variability. Read below, and then join us on June 18th through the 20th for three amazing…

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QS15 Sponsor Highlight: RescueTime

March 9, 2015

In the lead up to our QS15 Global Conference and Expo, we’re going to highlight our partners and sponsors that help us produce our events. If you’re interested in sponsoring our work or events, please get in touch.  Most of us spend a large percentage of our time at work. Next to sleeping, it’s likely the activity…

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Debbie Chaves: A Librarian in Numbers

July 14, 2014

Debbie Chaves is a science and research librarian at Wilfred Laurier University and was interested in understanding her job and the various demands placed on her time. Using methods she’d employed previously she set about tracking different aspects of her work. The data she gathered allowed her to advocate for new changes and policies within…

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Enrico Bertini on Tracking Focused Work

February 28, 2014

We’ve all come face to face with tracking some aspect of our life only to realize that we’re not quite sure how to get started. Enrico Bertini encountered this roadblock when he began thinking about tracking the amount of time he spends engaging in “focused work.” As an information visualization researcher at NYU he decided…

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QS Gallery: Nick Winter

November 21, 2013

Nick Winter is a tracker, self-experimenter, and builder of popular tools (like Quantified Mind). Nick sent us this amazing visualization of his percentile feedback system he uses to keep track of his work efficiency. My percentile feedback graph of my development productivity helps my motivation -Nick Winter

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On Minimalism and Sustainability

December 14, 2011

Here is another peek behind-the-scenes at Quantified Self Labs, explaining how we work and why we have so much fun. There are two basic principles we follow in a pretty hard-core way as we grow and nurture our community. They are tied tightly together, and make it really stress-free to do this QS work. These…

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Why you are not gonna reach our telephone

October 12, 2011

This is the first of a series of posts to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes at Quantified Self Labs, for a bit of flavor on how we work. In case you’re thinking about it, it’s best not to try to reach us by phone or ask us to schedule a call. It’s…

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Percentile Feedback and Productivity

May 2, 2011

In January, after talking with Matthew Cornell, I decided to measure my work habits. I typically work for a while (10-100 minutes), take a break (10-100 minutes), resume work, take another break, and so on. The breaks had many functions: lunch, dinner, walk, exercise, nap. I wanted to do experiments related to quasi-reinforcement. I wrote R programs…

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Ping’s Thesis – From Diary to Graph

September 12, 2008

Yesterday I wrote about the inaugural QS Show&Tell, where the very first show-and-teller, Ka-Ping Yee, stood up and explained that he had been tracking most of his activities over the last three years. (I didn’t want to use his name or link to his entry until I asked permission, which he quickly granted.) Below is…