There are plenty of benefits to self-monitoring. We can track our health and make sure we’re getting enough exercise and eat a good diet, for example. And we can measure our emotions to see when to have a break from something.
The problem is that it’s really hard to get proper data from a self-monitoring device. While some of the technology in your smartphone has the ability to give you data, it’s not nearly as sophisticated as that of an Apple Watch or Fitbit or Jawbone watch. The problem is that there is such a huge variety of devices out there and so little of information can actually be shared between them.
This is where self-monitoring comes in. We use so many different methods to keep track of our lives online that it’s tough to get a sense of who we are and what we want and what we need. In fact, there is a lot of misinformation out there about how to use self-monitoring. The most popular methods of tracking our behaviors online are the ones that are most widely used: activity, social media, tracking devices, etc.
The problem is that most of these methods are not only inaccurate, but also misleading. By being selective about what data you share, you can end up missing out on helpful information about yourself. Also, not sharing as much data as you could is a bad idea because it means you’re missing out on critical information about your behavior.
People have a tendency to be overly self-conscious, which results in them not sharing all the data they can muster. As a result, we end up missing vital data about ourselves that can help us make better decisions. For example, we don’t always know when we talk too much, but we do know when we don’t. So we can make better decisions by paying attention to what we’re saying and not saying.
This is the same problem that happens in our brain when we get to the office late. People are like, “I’ll meet you guys over there,” and then as soon as we get there we realize we dont need to be there.
This problem of “spending too much time in the office,” or “not being able to keep up with the people you should be meeting with” is the biggest reason why so many people do not like their jobs or their companies. There are a ton of people out there who feel like they have to be constantly in contact with their bosses or their coworkers to keep up.
The key to keeping up with all of this is to keep a few things in order to keep them informed (i.e., to keep these people from thinking they need help). We’re no different. People like to hear a good story, but they know nothing about it. You need to keep some of these things in order to report them to the boss, so you don’t have to.
In the past, there were two types of people with this issue. One was the person who asked, “How am I doing?” The other was the person who reported, “I can’t do this. I need help.” This is the second type. If you ask for help, you need to write it down so it can be analyzed and recorded. These people are not smart, and they don’t need to ask for help.
This leads to the third type of person with this issue. The person who asks, How am I doing? The person who reports, I cant do this. You have to write it down in case it turns out to be something important.