Self tracking for performance has a place on the map now thanks to the May 2 New York Times Magazine article by Gary Wolf. But along with praise and interest, “The Data-Driven Life” also drew harsh, skeptical reactions.
Many of the objections were of the “if man were meant to fly, he’d have wings” variety. But many others were valid.
The practice will run over a few bumps before it joins mainstream performance management and business intelligence. Unlike the impersonal data we know and love, keeping data about oneself can be uncomfortable, difficult, and downright weird.
One of the articulate skeptics called it “robot envy.”… Read the rest “Self-tracking: “If man were meant to fly” and other objections”