In order to map the quantity and quality of my life, I recorded my daily activities for 11 days (264 hours) at the end of 2014. This idea comes from Tal Ben-Shahar‘s book Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. In order to find the meaning and pleasure of our lives, he recommended us to write down how we spend our time everyday.
Here are the original data file and the graph generated in Excel.
This graph created in Excel is kinda boring, and sometimes I am sick of simple pie, bar and line charts. So I decided to create a tree map. The idea comes from David McCandless‘s billion-dollar-gram. Here is another website showing the works of his team.
Then I found this website – ManyEyes.com to automatically create tree map. It is a free and experimental site from IBM. We can make unique visualizations in with just a few clicks. The website is not very stable, maybe because it’s just an experimental site now. Here is the link of my tree map.
When it is sized and colored by “hours”:
When it is sized and colored by “meaning – pleasure level”
When it is sized by “hours” and colored by “meaning – pleasure level”. This is the most meaningful demonstration for me 🙂 From this map, I realized that I might spend more time on reading, writing, and working out (in the dark blue areas) besides sleeping.
I will keep tracking and mapping my life and see if there are some changes in this year!