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Lifelogging has been around for years … for generations, in fact, if you want to include family albums and personal diaries.

It became a digital thing in 1994, when Canadian researcher Steve Mann began wearing a transmitter and recording his actions around the clock.

Rocket Fuel — a marketing platform based on big data and artificial intelligence  — conducted a survey last year that underscored the ubiquity of lifelogging. Among its findings:

  • 31% of Americans use some sort of Quantifiable Self (QS) tool to measure health & fitness metrics;
  • 43% of QS users are willing to share behavioral data for more personalized digital ads; and
  • They’re also nearly five times more likely to make purchases due to seeing digital ads than are non-QS users.

Such is the power of know thyself.

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Here are 10 ways lifelogging can improve your life:

If you’re into keeping a daily journal, here are two simple, convenient, and thorough apps for that purpose.

Instant tracks your entire life and puts it on a dashboard:

Saga enables you to compile a digital autobiography, pulling information in from various other apps including Facebook, Instagram and various fitness trackers. Its purpose is to identify patterns in your behavior. You can also build a list of favorite places for future reference:

As with most digital tools, these apps allow you to organize your data much more efficiently than ever before.

Lifelogging may not necessarily be a new concept, but it’s definitely become more accessible and less time-consuming in the 21st century, where information is king.

Especially as that information is about you and for you.