“I keep an annual report on my life.”

A lot of the information about our lives is simple to collect. Your mobile phone and computer stores so much data that it’s fascinating to unravel how we spend our time. At the start, I was just curious to find out what I had been doing for the past 12 months. Then people started asking how they could collect their own life data too. It led me to set up a website called Daytum which helps them discover how.

I don’t like examining my life’s data on a daily basis but I do like looking at monthly summaries of stuff like my Fitbit activity or my social media behavior. Aggregated data can tell you how boring, exciting, or healthy your life really is and what things need to change or remain the same. And sometimes the data reveals so much that all we care about is getting on with the business of living.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.