I’ve been tracking my physical characteristics (BMI, Body Fat, etc…) for a while now and developed a pretty good Excel spreadsheet with a large variety of metrics based on a few, easy-to-get values (i.e. height, weight, waist, etc…).
I’ve been thinking about expanding the idea to track and monitor psychological aspects of daily life, namely emotions. There are numerous benefits:
- If we can monitor sadness daily/ weekly we might, just might, identify the onset of depression(?)
- If we monitor how often we feel a craving for something we can track the strength of an addiction and how close we are to overcoming it
- If we experience something terrible and then monitor our daily emotions over time, we can see how long (time) it takes to return to the same level of happiness prior to the event (essentially how long it takes to get over something)
My thinking, so far, is to develop a long list of most of the emotions we could feel and categorised them according to one of the “primary emotions” theories in psychology. I would then tick/ mark the emotions I felt during the day (gives me the range of emotions experienced).
Then, I would have to indicate how much of each emotion I felt during the day (to get intensity).
From there, I could create an Excel formula that added up the intensity of each emotion for each of the “core” emotion groups.
Has anyone else had a go at monitoring/ tracking daily emotions?