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Biorhythms

July 26, 2017 – August 1, 2017

By Joe Haupt from USA - Vintage Casio Biolater Pocket LED Calculator, Model H-801, Made in Japan, Circa 1975, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35548281

How might we...

  • How might we work more strategically?

Hypothesis

Tracking my energy, focus, and mood every hour for a week will reveal natural rhythms that will help me optimize my day.

Design

Every waking hour for seven days, track Energy, Focus, and Mood on a five point scale in a Google Spreadsheet. Set a calendar reminder to make sure I update the log. Carry around a small notebook when I’ll be away from digital devices.

After seven days, analyze the data and see if there are trends.

Metrics

  • Did I successfully track for a week?
  • Are there usable patterns that emerge from the log?
    • Learnings

      I only managed to successfully track for 3.5 days. When I was home, it was fine (but still difficult). When I was traveling, it was impossible. Over the weekend, I went to a wedding that was far away, and that completely disrupted my logging.

      Still, one pattern was clear. I didn’t notice any cycles per se, but I did notice a strong, steady focus in the morning through lunch, then a gradual decrease in energy and focus, with no up-swing afterward.

      Possible future experiments: What activities could I do to create an up-swing after my post-lunch decline?

      Decisions

      Try to move all meetings (especially non-essential) to the afternoon, so I can reserve my mornings for focused work.

      Questions

      Updates

Hashtag #biorhythms
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Documents Design + Log
Modified November 14, 2018
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