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Flexible and Mindful Self-Tracking: Design Implications from Paper Bullet Journals

Ayobi, A; Sonne, T; Marshall, P; Cox, AL; (2018) Flexible and Mindful Self-Tracking: Design Implications from Paper Bullet Journals. In: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). ACM: Montreal, Canada. Green open access

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Abstract

Digital self-tracking technologies offer many potential benefits over self-tracking with paper notebooks. However, they are often too rigid to support people’s practical and emotional needs in everyday settings. To inform the design of more flexible self-tracking tools, we examine bullet journaling: an analogue and customisable approach for logging and reflecting on everyday life. Analysing a corpus of paper bullet journal photos and related conversations on Instagram, we found that individuals extended and adapted bullet journaling systems to their changing practical and emotional needs through: (1) creating and combining personally meaningful visualisations of different types of trackers, such as habit, mood, and symptom trackers; (2) engaging in mindful reflective thinking through design practices and self-reflective strategies; and (3) posting photos of paper journals online to become part of a selftracking culture of sharing and learning. We outline two interrelated design directions for flexible and mindful selftracking: digitally extending analogue self-tracking and supporting digital self-tracking as a mindful design practice.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Flexible and Mindful Self-Tracking: Design Implications from Paper Bullet Journals
Event: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)
Location: Montréal, Canada
Dates: 21 April 2018 - 26 April 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173602
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173602
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bullet journaling; personal informatics; self-tracking; selfmonitoring; self-care technologies; habit tracking; mood tracking; symptom tracking; Instagram.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044078
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