Maintain only up to 30 activity classifications

Classifications think one step at a time because you don't have the ability to clarify all classifications by memory and have to go through several hesitations and tangles.

You will encounter many problems, such as:

  • How many categories are appropriate?

  • Which classification is better?

  • What about the hierarchy of classification correspondences?

  • Categories A and B seem to be similar, what's the trade-off?

  • Do two things at the same time, with which category?

The first step in my counseling is to ask the participants themselves what actions they would produce in different scenarios, looking for categories:

  1. Your action on the day

  2. Your weekend action

  3. Your big holiday move

  4. Your actions for New Year's

If you're not too big on categorization, just think about what you do during the workday.

In chronological order, it might be:

Get up → wash up → go to the toilet → get dressed → shave (make up) → commute → read → work → order takeaway → eat lunch → chat → play mobile phone → study → rest → work → send and receive delivery → commute → eat → watch TV → buy snacks → walk downstairs → wash clothes → shower → sleep.......

That way most of your day's action is found out.

For more and more wholeness, think again about what you do on weekends, holidays, and add:

Shopping, grocery shopping, cooking, partying, driving, medical examination, government business, cleaning, household chores.......

Some actions you may not be able to notice just by imagination, only when you really meet will you know, it's okay, take your time, let's focus first.

Here's a rule you need to set for yourself first:

Only a maximum of 30 activity categories will be retained.

Additional categories are merged or placed in the activity "Other" with a note.

Why limit the number of categories in the first place?

Because a lot of participants hear about looking for categories from life, as if it's a competition for who finds more activities, and the last 50 out of 100 categories are there.

For example:

Counting all the activities in the group, it's close to 100! Can it be divided like this? OK, but not recommended, especially not for newcomers.

With more than 100 activity categories, you have to think about which activity to choose once before you do something, and it's a hassle to find it once you've figured it out.

So at first, please be strict:

Maintain only up to 30 activity classifications

After limiting the number of categories, there is often a question during the implementation process:

"Is it necessary to record fine print activity items?"

For example, drinking water, going to the bathroom, closing your eyes and nourishing your mind, this fragment of time that may not last more than 3 minutes, is it necessary to click on the record on the software alone again?

My personal advice is to combine frequent fractions of time.

For example, we may take a break and then go to the toilet, and then come back and take a break, at which time the normal operation should be "rest - toilet - rest", but I will record this time as "rest" and the next time the "rest - toilet - rest" behavior occurs, I will record it as "toilet". In this way, we have complemented the time of the two activity items, and this fine-grained complementary recording, with little difference in time consumption, has little impact on the results of our analysis of the derived data.

If you don't want to neglect recording fine-grained time, try this method of packing.

Of course, if you don't even think a merger is necessary, then just ignore it.

But before you selectively ignore it, it is recommended that you carefully observe your time spent in small pieces, such as resting for 5 minutes at a time, going to the bathroom for only 2 minutes, being out of order for 5 minutes, etc. Small errors accumulate in the final data can be a big problem.

You get a "baseline value" by looking at them (about 1 week), so that even if there is no data at the time of your analysis, you can make up the baseline value, even if it is a compromise between speed and accuracy.

After setting the rule of "only keep up to 30 activity categories", many students still feel that the categories are not enough, so I would suggest to write more detailed categories in the notes column.

If you find it cumbersome to fill in the notes manually every time, there are two shortcuts:

  • voice recording

Using the input method's voice input function, you can not only record, but also turn into a diary in seconds.

  • Input method shortcut phrase

Take Sogou input method as an example, open Properties - Advanced - Custom phrase settings - Add new definition.

You can set the shortcut phrase "tag:son" to pop up when typing "ez" to tag the character, and this alternative to typing can greatly improve your typing efficiency.

If you can make use of the notes area, you will find that the categories record our time trajectory and the notes area is our life trajectory.

After combing through all the activities, we also need to categorize them, dividing the same activities together according to certain attributes.

So, what are the divided dimensions?