"Buster Benson has said about quantified self, ‘Be aware of the smaller moments that define our lives.'"
Techniques aside, something else also happens when you spend week after week measuring and examining snippets of your life. Those pieces add up to a fuller picture of yourself, says Andy.
“Buster Benson has said about quantified self, ‘Be aware of the smaller moments that define our lives.’ Tracking data week by week, you start to pay attention to the little things that are going on around you that you otherwise would probably ignore,” Andy says.
For the week themed “being nice,” for example, Andy began thinking about how he’s wanted to treat his friends and co-workers versus how was treating them in reality.
“If it weren’t for this project and focusing on the data, there is no way I would have been thinking about that,” he says.
These insights have been the point all along, says Jeffrey.
"We stepped out of our comfort zone and explored ourselves and visualized our lives in ways that we would not have done otherwise" he says. "Coming into the final weeks of our project, I can already see that I will miss it. It's been a ton or work, but a great journey."
Andy and Jeffrey shared their insights at the Tableau Conference in October. You can watch their session as part of the Virtual Tableau Conference.
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