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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


031 Productivity Data, Part 2 – Passive Tracking

In our last cast, we discussed the power of active tracking for greater productivity. If not, it’s highly recommended you go back and listen to that cast first. You will learn about empowered choice and for that alone, the previous cast is worthwhile. Today on this cast, we discuss the importance of taking charge of the passive data being collected about you already and learning to track data that you can use productively without having to do all the work. In contrast to our active tracking discussion, we delve into the world of ambient data ripe for the picking, if you know the right ways to do so. Also, the pitfalls, perils, and opportunities that abound with passive productivity/wellness data tracking. Pull up a seat and join us for this important and timely discussion on passive tracking for productivity.

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In this Cast

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Some recommended readings, even though we didn’t discuss these in the recording itself:

The Perils of Time Tracking

Productivity and Continuous Improvement - Measurement (and RescueTime) makes it happen, both Personally and at Work

If You’re Not Collecting Productivity Data, You’ll Never Succeed at Work

Items we discussed in the recording:



Khan Academy - Statistics and Probabilities


Google Fit

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Quantified Self

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler



Gyroscope (mobile)

Time Doctor




ProcrastiTracker (OSS for Windows)

Workrave (RSI prevention but helps passively track your mouse/keyboard activity, free, Windows)


Other notables we didn’t mention in this cast:

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Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivitycast

the weekly show about all things productivity here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Welcome back everybody to productivity cast the weekly show about all things productivity. I'm Ray Sidney-Smith. I'm here with Augusto Pinaud, Francis Wade, and Art Gelwicks. Last cast we discussed the concept and the power of active tracking and looking at that data in order to to increase productivity and and so if you have not listened to the last cast. I highly recommend that you go back and you listen to that one before you listen to this one, but generally we talked about the idea of empowered choice and that means taking the information that you have and then making in that informed choice going forward. So today I'd like us to discuss the importance of taking charge of passive data that is data that's being collected about you already. It's just being picked up from ambient the ambient environment in which you operate and the importance of actively tracking data passively that is being able to get data tracked around you and going forward and doing that. So today we're going to we're going to talk about the world of ambient data, you know, which I believe is really ripe for picking if you and and really it's all about knowing the right ways to do so some of the pitfalls perils and opportunities that are around you. When it comes to passive data collection and tracking. So let's let's dive into this. I really want to discuss sort of a couple of things here what passive tracking is to you all t...

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