Three years of my life quantified and visualized

Three years of my data visualized. The most important things I track are displayed in the picture. The darker the color, the “better”. Gray color indicates not tracked. Every row indicates a day, every column a variable I track. Scores are standardized in Z-value’s.



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I am quite disappointed about how insightful the visual turned out to be. Nonetheless, there are some lessons to be learned.

One of the things I learned that some variables seem to be changing a lot between the days, while others take a little longer (a few days) to change. There is some insightful knowledge to gain here.

Secondly, I had a hard time to find relations between the variables when going through the visual. Although many variables correlate significantly (see my the complexity of life post for this), it is hard to see them by scrolling. This is because statistics allows some variation between variables that relate to each other. It is good to realize that significant relationships in statistics does not mean one on one relations (facts), statistics is probability. Fruits might significantly make me feel healthy, but it does not always have to be the case. Some other variables (like illness) might make the effect undone. It is good to realize this sometimes.

Lastly, this visual showed me that every day, is a day. Today, I did forget November the 14th of 2014, ago where I felt very unhappy and stressed. Maybe, I shouldn’t value the days in the past that much. It might be better to live in  the present. Nonetheless, I think it is good and insightful to see your own past sometimes. To see what you did, how you felt in the past, and thus where you came from. That can either make me happy or unhappy but for both cases it is a good lesson.

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