Metrics for normal days

Or how the whole is more than the sum of its parts

Quantifying my days doesn't come naturally to me. I remember what I read, the places I went, and most conversations I had, even the ones that could be easily forgettable. Counting steps and kilometers, or estimate my daily water consumption was not slightly in my mind until I reached a strange conclusion.

Since I remember, method, and structure have been the foundations of how I work. That's how I learned to transform wild ideas into strategies. But every time I relied on processes to analyze my days, were always the stories, not the numbers, that filled the matrix.

Perhaps my analytical side is trying to win this fight, or maybe I'm feeling a bit of envy for Julian Lehr's detailed life reports. Doubts aside, I am tempted to measure my offline time. Rather than focusing on an exhaustive sum of all the tasks that fill my daily life, I will highlight singular moments. First on the list: how many tides make my summer?

💾 Memory Lane

"People everywhere love Windows” - Bill Gates

The project WindowSwap allows us to peer through windows worldwide. As I look through the Philippines' countryside or gaze at Hong Kong's rooftops, I remember this article from the School of Life about window daydreaming as a rebellion against the excessive demands of immediate.

💻 Present Tense

“Everyone needs habits of mind that allow them to dance across disciplines.” - David Epstein

One of my favorite tools to diversify my email inbox is the online directory newsletter.slack. An extensive collection of newsletters, organized by topics and curators, where it's possible to read and learn about almost everything. From current subjects - such as COVID-19, to niche communities, like the Indian tech scene. Flow State, a newsletter with two hours of music perfect for working, is my newest subscription.

🔍 Time will tell

“The first untethered manned hot air balloon flight was performed on November 21, 1783, in Paris, France.” - Wikipedia

Right now, there is a fleet of air balloons in the stratosphere flying over East Africa. What's in them? Well, the Internet. The project has been developed by Loon to bring Internet connectivity to rural and remote communities worldwide. The balloons move by themselves, learning, through artificial intelligence systems, when they must remain stable in a specific area. After 100 days, they leave the stratosphere and return to Earth.

And today's question is:

🤔 Which metrics do you use to evaluate your day?

Let’s share ideas, recommendations, and thoughts!

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Inês 🌿

This is The Internet in a Telegram, a newsletter about mediums, messages, and humans, by me - Inês from Nevoazul Magazine. Twice a month, I'll be sharing content about how we communicate in the information age. Doing justice to its name, I'll be orbiting around the expectations of the past, today's gratifications, and tomorrow's possibilities. The illustration above is from Pedro Codeço.