For this month’s theme of goals, I’m tracking my tiny habits for two weeks with a specific focus on water. Tiny habits are little actions that can help lead to bigger change. My big goal is to drink 128 ounces of water per day. I’ll use Google Sheets to track my data which includes the date, the habit, and whether I performed that habit. Once I have the data, I’ll use a Web Data Connector to connect to the data and explore it in Tableau.
I like the idea of visualizing forgiveness, which I thought would be a great challenge. I’m still piecing together how I might track this. My initial thoughts are to use Google Sheets to track all of the conditions around when I say I’m sorry or when I forgive someone. Those data elements might include: the date, time, the subject, the person(s) involved, and who I apologized to or forgave. I can’t wait to see what insights this will yield!
Another theme I’m interested in exploring is memories. How the heck am I going to track this? I think the best/easiest way for me to do this is to track my memory metadata (the who, what, where, why, and when) of memories that pop up on Facebook or via TimeHop. I love digital scrapbooking, and I can totally see that as a potential design influence.
As listeners of the Tableau Wannabe Podcast know, I can be pretty emotive. I think it will be interesting to gauge my range of emotions. I set up an IFTTT recipe last year that collects my tweets based on certain criteria. I’ll most likely leverage that data to visualize my emotions. Or I might just go old school-ish and track the conditions around when I’m feeling certain strong emotions (like frustration, excitement, annoyance, and bliss).
Gratitude will be another fun topic to explore. There are so many ways I could track this subject. I could track when I express my gratitude towards others (as in, “I am thankful that you are in my tribe”), when I simply say thank you, or how many times I say a prayer of thanksgiving.