Friday, July 30, 2010

Data-Driven

I've been absorbed with data lately and so this article from The New York Times Magazine was of interest:

Gary Wolf on "The Data-Driven Life." An excerpt:

...Instead of entering his future appointments, he entered his past activities, creating a remarkably complete account of his life. In one sense this was just a normal personal journal, albeit in a digital format and unusually detailed. But the format and detail made all the difference. Lipkowitz eventually transferred the data to his computer, and now, using a few keyboard commands, he can call up his history. He knows how much he has eaten and how much he has spent. He knows what books he has read and what objects he has purchased. And of course, he knows the answer to his original question. “I was thinking I was spending an hour a day cleaning up after this person,” Lipkowitz says. He shrugs. “It turned out it was more like 20 minutes.”


[HT: Productivity Consultant Matthew Cornell]

1 Comments:

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Matthew Cornell said...

Thanks for the link, Michael. I think there's a lot of potential here. You said you're interested in data - have you been tracking things about yourself?

 

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