There is a meme that has popped up or, at least, it has suddenly popped into my world – the Quantifiable Self. The basis of the Quantifiable Self is that you measure things about yourself and then use that data to improve upon yourself. We all do this to some extent. We weigh ourselves daily or time how long we run and over what distance. Some count calories or count steps.
Some push this to great detail to track influences on complex diseases like migraines. Alexandra Carmichael tracks 40 things about herself daily. There is (of course) a site dedicated to the Quantifiable Self.
I already track a great deal about myself but I don’t measure the out-comes, the effects if you will, of all that I track. The Quantifiable Self people are looking for the little butterfly wing beats that cause the tornados in their lives. To do this, I would need to resolve three issues.