Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Motion Chart (How Much I Move, Day 1)

Day One of my experiment is over. For those who might not know what's going on, I'm doing a week-long experiment that has two goals. One, I want to chart how I spend my time. Two, I need to make sure I move more often than I am. To that end, I have set up an alarm system that buzzes me at twenty-minute intervals for a span of twelve hours a day. When that alarm sounds, I must get up from whatever I'm doing and move around for one minute. Then, I resume my previous task. For more information on the whys and wherefores, go here: http://izoldat.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-often-do-i-move-experiment-to-learn.html

What I've learned today: I thought it would be easy to get up and move regardless of what I was doing when the alarm sounded. For the most part, it was not a big deal to get up and dance. But a few times, I resented the heck out of that little alarm because it pulled me out of my task. Luckily, I didn't have a lot of trouble getting back into the groove. Also, my husband loves watching me dance and giggled every time I stopped what I was doing to get up and shake my tail feathers. :)

My thoughts on the chart: Fully, a quarter of my day was spent at the computer. I also sat doing other things for a healthy chunk of the day. My "in motion" time was spent on yoga, aerobics, and a wee hike with the dog (It will be longer later in the week when it's not raining; Hatha is a rain wuss and wouldn't walk past a block and a half).

Tomorrow, I will try to do more writing, less plain sitting, and far less time just on the computer. To be more efficient, I must use my tools more productively. I will write more if I am at the computer. I will use it for recording music rather than surfing. That will be for the next few days. Here's the problem, I'm not sure how to spend time writing if I am not sitting at the computer.

I'm struck by the amount of information I've gotten just by keeping track for one day, and I'm looking forward to seeing these progress over the next week.

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