Scale for Days

Note to future self…

Another day, another experiment. On May 1st, I started to rank my days on a scale of 1-5. This experiment is a follow up to this post. The main purpose of this experiment is to help me become more aware of how I spend my days. The secondary purpose of this experiment is to see how this score correlates with other aspects of my life including productivity, happiness, sick days, etc.

The most interesting thing about setting up this experiment was actually trying to figure out what scale to use. Should it be 1-100? 1-10? 1-5? Ultimately, I decided to go with a scale of 1-5 because I really couldn’t come up with a meaningful distinction for numbers 3-6 (on a scale of 10). Classifying days between 1-5, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward to me. Here’s how I think about it:

5 – Life Changing Day: These are days that I think I will look back to and remember as definining moments in my life. I expect these days to be very rare events so I will try to make the most out of them.

4 – Excellent Day: These are good days with a little something else. Maybe it’s some really great (but not life changing) news, having a really good time with friends, a really really productive day, etc.

3 – Good Day: This is a pretty decent day. Nothing super crazy. Normal-to-good levels of productivity and happiness. I expect the bulk of my days to be 3s. Most of my time will be spent in figuring out how to make more days 4s rather than 3s.

2 – Bad Day: This is a day where at the end of it I feel truly sad by something that happened that day and I haven’t been able to get over it, rationalize it or neutralize it in some way.

1 – World is Ending Day: These are days where it feels that the world is ending. I expect these days to be very rare events.

I think this scale pretty much covers every possibility and it’s easy for me to determine the score for each day. I also have two final observations on this.

  1. It will be interesting to see if my days follow some sort of normal distribution or whether things skew right (I believe most of my days are great).
  2. It’s interesting to note that our days have little variability between them (at least from a cognition appraisal perspective). I was a little surprised that every day in my life can be accurately be given a score from 1-5 without losing fidelity.

That’s it. Let’s see how this goes(:

Now back to work…