Friday, October 20, 2017

Yesterdays Ü System update.

Had some time to work on my Ü System last night. I mostly worked on organizing how things are used. As you can see, I haven't invested too much time in the GUI. Seems to me that the GUI is something that I can deal with after the application is solid and provides solid data.

One of the big changes is that I lessened the idea of elements. In the beginning elements were things that make up an object score. As I started working through the process I came up with the idea of Pillars. Pillars are the corner stone of building Ü. At this point I started to think that so many layers was a bit confusing. So with this I decided to stick with the idea where every thing that I monitor is an object and objects help build the pillars.

An example is Meditation. It would be a simple object. When I start a meditation session Tasker automatically logs the event in the database (Google Sheet). For me the act of meditation falls under the Mind Pillar and is calculated accordingly.

In the beginning I thought that an object could also have elements or a bunch of items that could build the object score. An example of this would be an activity object. In this example the object had elements like steps from my Gear 2, push-ups from Samsung Heath and water from my Hidrate Spark.

I scrapped the idea of formal elements because it was getting confusing and one those "element" or items might be something I want to track. Maybe it's a habit I am looking to adopt? Hiding the Objects Report with a clickable link helped me think through this. Now, when you click on the "See U Objects and Elements" link the object report opens.

Observational data, or daily questionnaires are also a way to collect data.

The next question is why are you doing this? As I mentioned in earlier posts, I wanted a personalized health dashboard that took data from just about any source and not only gave granular data but also provides a total score. As the idea grew I started to think that this tool would also be useful to Life Coaches, another topic that I find interesting. I really can see this as a tool to help monitor some of the lifestyle goals a client might have.

If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Improve It. Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that "you can't manage what you can't measure." Drucker means that you can't know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked. - Gray MacKenzie