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.
- 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.
Here are 10 ways lifelogging can improve your life:
- Reach your fitness goals
- Improve your weight maintenance and nutrition
- Track and treat a chronic ailment
- Improve your sleep
- Stay in contact with your doctor
- Understand your moods
- Provide better structure in your day
- Improve productivity
- Manage money
- Make a contribution to data bases
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.