How Work Distractions Affect My Focus
Madison Lukaczyk wanted to improve her focus by controlling her distractions. She had already blocked distracting web sites, but what about work related channels that nonetheless constantly interrupted her concentration? Using time-tracking data from RescueTime, exported to R Studio, she created visualizations that revealed how her workflow was affected by chat threads, emails, and texts.
To Teach Quantified Self, First Know Thyself
Michael Lim, teacher, and Alex Truong, 12th grader, redesigned the AP Statistics course at Summit Shasta High School to have students learn by analyzing their self-tracking data. They prepared by doing their own QS project with Rescuetime, MyFitnessPal, multivariate regression, and more.
Tracking What I Do Versus What I Say I'll Do
For years, Eli Ricker has tracked her self-created "Life Satisfaction" score and whether or not she did what she said she would. She’ll describe what this practice taught her about effective goal setting, true productivity, and deeper satisfaction.
Menstrual Cycles, 50 Cent, and Right Swipes
Ahnjili Zhuparris came across a study on the menstrual cycle’s influence on cognition and emotion and was curious to see how hormonal changes may affect her day-to-day behavior. She figured her internet use may be a convenient and easy data set to assemble and examine for this effect. Using a few chrome plugins, Ahnjili was able to see not only where she spent her time online, but how she interacted with sites like Facebook and Youtube. Her analysis yielded some interesting patterns. In this talk, Ahnjili shows the differences in how she browsed Facebook, swiped in Tinder, and listened to music on YouTube.
Breaking the TV Habit
In August of 2014, Valerie Lanard committed to quitting TV and focused on how her environment and triggers reinforced a behavior she felt “locked into.” In this talk, she discusses her fascinating project to quit TV for thirty days. She shares the process, what ended up replacing all of her TV time, and lessons she learned about herself when she was able to break the habit.
The Data Is In, I'm a Distracted Driver
Before moving to Tennessee from Seattle, Robby Macdonnell did not even own a car so driving was a new feeling for him. He started transportation logging and time-tracking after realizing that he was spending more than an hour a day driving. He wanted to have some bragging rights about how he is not as bad as other people when it comes to being a distracted driver. He combined two data streams, using Automatic and RescueTime, to prove that he does not use his phone while driving nearly as often as other drivers. Only the data didn’t agree.