You know the Neanderthals are said to have died out because they chose not to adapt to their changing environment. This theory was founded based on information data gleaned from research gathered across various sites across the world.

Following a short stint working at search and data startup company, I began to find data a little more interesting. This wasn’t just pretty data info graphics about climate change or housing prices across town but more about what our data says about us and the work we do. In particular it was the part about how we spend our time and how that time spent equals the decisions we make to help achieve our goals. Blinded by the constant noise and distractions from everyday life to the noise from social streams. Forever frantically gogo ducking or binging search queries to help identify or motivate ourselves in hope we quieten that inner monkey.

That Neanderthals mindset of eat, sleep and survive.

Looking for answers from books to conversations with experts. Getting what I could get from those interactions, thought I look to my data for the answers. We are told the data never lies and rightly so it does offer a great deal of insight. There are a number of works around this same topic like those on the datastories podcast with Lisa Charlotte on visualizing our google search history.
Another interesting one to highlight is the general works from a data researcher called Mimi Onuoha who particularly talks a lot about the role data plays in our lives. Have a look at a piece she wrote about pathways. Using data collected from mobile data, she was able showcase the relationship between a number of grouped individuals and what their data said about them.

Over the the last 14 months I began collecting my own data using various tools, apps and extensions to start looking at what my own data says about the information I digest and how they’ve influenced my decision making. Presently using the following tools listed below to collect data. These tools on their own give enough information to tell you for instance how you spent your time and what you read. Now imagine you scrub that data from these tools via their API’s and amalgamate and visualize the data . I’m certain you might begin to see information otherwise elusive to you, in other words questions answered.

So let’s starting collecting our data so we see what they say about us. Why we elevate towards certain interests, why we lose focus of where we are all trying to get too. Stop googling for answers, you already have them, you just need to know where to look.

Until next time, start collecting your own.

GetPocket - gathers informatoin on what you read //api tags
RescueTime - time analytics tool to help you see precise your time is spent.