Reporter is a new application for understanding the things you care about. With a few randomly timed surveys each day, Reporter can illuminate aspects of your life that might be otherwise unmeasurable.
I haven’t made the time to do a whole retrospective on my entire life, but I have set time on my calendar to look back at the month of January, which will help me figure out how I will map out the previous 25 years on this planet. As of January 2 of this year, I’ve been staying true to two requirements — and Reporter will help with the second.
- There must be a point.
- Make note of the processes involved.
If you’re to pick up Reporter, there’s one simple trick to avoid Reporter Fatigue.
Don’t give yourself too many questions.
You’ll think that with more data, there will be more information to glean insights from, and more correlations that you can make. The thing is, you aren’t wrong—the more questions you ask the more data points you can get.
After a week or so, Reporter Fatigue will set in, and you won’t bother answering all the questions. Then you’ll lower the frequency of your reports. Then you’ll just stop doing it all together.
Don’t do this.
The value of long term data is in the fact that it's long term, so to do this I have to minimize the friction.
Focusing on just the minimum amount of questions that would provide the maximum amount of value, here's what I decided on.
- Did you hit snooze?
- How did you sleep?
- Are you looking forward to today?
- Rate your mood?
- Value 0–100
- Are you working?
- What are you thinking of?
- Where are you?
- Who are you with?
- What are you grateful for?
Now if you’re looking for some questions, most of mine are from my tumblr of Reporter specific questions.