Analyzing Possible Contributors to a “Good” Day

This week’s Sunday Sketch was one that required more work than previous ones. First, it required tracking data throughout a week before the due date of the Sunday Sketch. Second, I had to rely on applications on my phone that helped me track what I was trying to track especially when the category I was tracking was quantified.

When I was trying to decide what data to track, I reflected on what might be affecting how good my day is, which is the question that all of us had to do. One of the most important factors, if not the most important, to having  a productive day is to sleep for a sufficient amount of time. While I sleep for enough amount of time most of the nights, I still do not feel rested. In an effort to analyze what is affecting my quality of sleep, I tracked an obvious disruptive factor; waking up during the night to use the restroom. I tried to see whether the number of times I woke up during the night had any correlation with the quality and productiveness of my day (Did I have a good day?). In order to tackle the issue of me waking up several times during the night, I tracked how late was my last consumption of water before going to bed. I would then be able to analyze the data and decide whether there is a correlation between my last consumption of water and how many times I wake up during the night. My interpretation of the data is that there is a very weak direct correlation between my last consumption of water and having to wake up during my sleep to use the restroom. I tried not consuming water four hours before bed and yet I woke up to use the restroom.

I also tracked how many times I said the f word. I found that there is a direct correlation between how many times I say the f word and whether the day turned out to be a good one. On average, my use of the f word drastically decreased due to the fact that I had to go on my phone and record every time I said the f word. What I also found interesting is that I cursed more during the days I worked out. Generally speaking, I found that on good days, I woke up less often during the night to pee and I had also worked out during that day.

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