There’s so much we can learn about ourselves, if we take the time to look. Sometimes, our money knows us better than we know ourselves.
Tracking our finances can reveal what we are in denial of, […] and what might be holding us back.
I hoard data and lots of it. Some of this data is about myself and my habits. Quantified Self explores the idea of collecting and interpreting personal data for self improvement.
My latest report can be found here.
I take an overwhelming amount of inspiration from Julian’s media consumption reports.
Step 1: Collect
A niche part of the internet has already trailblazed the collection of numerous health, emotion, and habit data.
This is a list of what I’m exporting and from where, along with what I’d like to add.
- Beancount for personal finance records
- ListenBrainz and SimpleScrobbler for music history
- GPSLogger location data
- HoTS game history (missing ARAM maps)
- AntennaPod syncs to GPodder.net for podcast history
- Wallabag reading time
- Cloudflare traffic
- New RSS subscriptions
- Dead links, with substitute links to my archive
- Recent posts (with word counts?)
- Github Sponsors donations, with links to projects I like of theirs
- Inventory Updates
Step 2: Interpret
Know your wolf.
After beginning my data collection habits, I can focus on creating automatic reports of this data. These will aggregate statistics and hopefully help identify trends in my personal behavior.
Parsing of this data is done using my QS parsers.
The latest report using my QS data can be found here.
Report improvement ideas
- Breakdown by hour, genre?
- Show map of artist location
- Yearly overviews with manual interpretations
- Redacted summaries of journal entries, like Julian’s digital playground.
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- Excellent Examples
“huh, I appear to netflix-binge under certain conditions, despite the fact that I’d rather not. I wonder which conditions, specifically, led to that binge! What were the triggers? How could they have been avoided? What methods might help me avoid binging in the future?”
to get anywhere I need to record how things felt in the past.