I’m an addict myself.

I read survival guides, how to fight with knives (you lead with your empty hand) and how to pick any lock.

Right now I’m watching instructional videos on the so called “Afterburner Effect” which explains how some exercises only burn calories while you are doing them, while some helps you burn calories also up to 48 hours after you finished your workout.

No wonder I love the works of Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body. Most of us are drowned in online reactions while we try to live the lives media has thaught us to live and we really push beyond the limits of Dunbar’s Number in our daily lives.

Tim Ferriss, who can be described as a somewhat eccentric but brilliant lifehacker, managed to fuse the ever-growing interest for GTD (getting things done) with both the gamification trend and the booming interest for self improvement, the latter group described as lifehackers.

The Lifelogging Gadgets

Now, Tim Ferriss is no ordinary human. He is also an athlete, pushing himself when it comes to mental strength and physical trials. Most digital mavens loves using technology to optimise their lives, but they aren’t exactly aspiring to become triathletes themselves. So, they fall in love with the gadgets.

GPS trackers, wifi body scales, sleep trackers, heart rate- and pulse monitors; the lifelogging list is pretty short still, but it won’t be for long. Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up are two ambitious products, but arguably they aren’t where they need to be in terms of product quality just yet.

There are quite a few lifelogging smartphone apps, but they are more like novelties than anything else at this point.

But we can expect the lifelogging trend to boom (and spark debate on integrity issues) way beyond where it’s at today. It’s called the Medici Effect, the intersection between different fields of innovation suddenly sparks more innovation and also sparks exciting new adaptation curves.

The technology exists, the demand is emerging and now we’re only waiting for the products to fully integrate with our online lives. Why, you might ask? The answers will surely come. One thing is for sure, what gets measured gets done. And who knows what cross-referencing data-sets and analytics applications will be able to teach us about ourselves?

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Markus Welin

Great read! Since you mention The Game, have you also read Neil Strauss’ book about survival? It seems to be kind of a good read. Also fun that you mention knife fighting. In the novel Shantaram, I read that one should never hold the knife like a sword, that’s just an amateur way of fighting. One should always hold it upside down. Is that true? :)

Markus Welin

Haha, thx alot for the advice :) Sounds very much like boxing actually.

malin ströman
malin ströman

och kul att du skrev om det, har saknat det, inte minst i diskussionen om gamification

malin ströman
malin ströman

du har väl spanat in värstingarnas värsting på life logging Dave Asprey? http://www.bulletproofexec.com/ Idag känns det absurt att logga den mentala reaktionen på allt man gör via uppkopplade elektroder, men det är inte svårt att det kan finnas en framtid både inom medicin och personlighetsutveckling.