Tracking stress levels! I enjoyed figuring out what are the kinds and qualities of stresses that were affecting me for this practice. It helps me put my day into perspective and shows me a pattern of stress that i experience daily based on time (i.e. morning, afternoon and night time)
This was an interesting data collection for me because I was curious to see exactly how much waste I consume. Honestly, I’m the worst nightmare of tree lovers because the amount of tissue I consume within a day is insane. I blame it on my sinus and weak, feeble body. While people carry around small packets of tissue, I literally carry around tissue boxes. Any rainy weather or dusty environment triggers my nose to go all out into a phlegm party. In fact, you can see this from my data on Tuesday. That night was so cold and rainy, I believe I managed to use half a box of tissue. Surprisingly, this data was also revealing of my lifestyle. Personally, I don’t really consume or indulge in many things. In a way, I find it tiring to a certain sense to engage in any activity or use anything hence my first reaction to MANY things that approach me is to just simply reject it first. This is a really bad habit that limits my experience in a sense and I should be working on this. I included petrol usage intentionally as well because I’m somehow aware of how much I’ve been uber-ing these past few months and I thought it’ll be good to record it down to show it to myself.
I’m a person who is constantly on social media, checking for updates or something to entertain me. I don’t like spending my time doing absolutely nothing because I feel that, that time can be used to my advantage, for instance educating myself by reading articles or improving my sense of taste by scrolling through aesthetically pleasing photos on instagram. Yet years of being so constantly engaged with the world wide web has indeed taken some negative effects on me, I began to realise scrolling through large amounts of information was not helping me improve, or be a better person. To put it simply, instantaneous information just wasn’t cutting it. The ‘instant’ world was not helping me. Instead, I’ve learnt to give myself ample time to be in my own ‘headspace’ and learn to formulate thoughts within me, only seeking the world wide web for inspiration when I have the ability and energy to absorb what it’s willing to offer.
I’ve come to realise that my interaction with the social media world is rather ‘ritualistic’, i stick to a certain schedule and i check social media rather periodically (i.e. almost every 30 mins) given that I’m quite concerned about time even in my daily life. Hence, I decided to represent the time of the day into intervals of 30mins, with each dot representing a half an hour. Hence, each day contains 48 dots in an outward spiral manner. Then, within each dot, i record the most prominent social media activity that i have used in that half an hour. I actually see a pattern from my data: The type and duration of social media that i use usually depends on time of the day, my mood and event of the day. For instance, I usually start the day by watching a youtube video or replying my whatsapp messages. In the evening when i have classes, I tend to be chatting with my friends on whatsapp. Later in the night while commuting home, I like to either listen to music or read dayre to learn about other people’s day, an online platform that acts like an instant diary/blog. At night, when i feel bored, I like to go on instastory to check out what people are doing at night. Also, if i tend to be meeting my friends, I’m either off social media or I would be on Spotify, listening and sharing music with the friend I’m with as a way of bonding.