Rescuetime is nice and all and you can log offline time with it, too, but for some reason, which I can’t exactly pin down, I feel like a less abstract visualisation of how I spend my time would have a greater effect on me. There’s TagTime but not on iOS and I really don’t want any more distracting things that break my flow.
I got a couple tiny ESP32-CAM modules with SD card readers laying around and thankfully bitluni¹ not only made a little programmer breakout board which I got, but also put up code to turn them into $6 time-lapse cameras.
So, I set up a time-lapse recording that records me in my natural habitat and at the end of the day I go through the footage and watch myself falling asleep at the desk
It takes a photo every second and stores it on the SD card. It also got wifi to set up the camera initially.
At the end of the day I put the SD card into my mac and let
ffmpeg turn all the JPGs into an actual video.
I want to integrate this with some kind of screen capturing, or visualisation of what RescueTime recorded me doing at my computer right now. Hm… @dreev, @bee Do you have some script from when you recorded yourself for that madhack hackaton event that I’m misremembering the name of right now? I hope you know what I mean
It’s quite eye opening to watch yourself from a different point of view. Something I have discovered multiple times in the past already. It’s unbiased. It’s brutally honest. It’s very insightful.
What do you think? Too crazy?
¹ Fun fact: many of the high profile and high quality electronics focussed makers on Youtube are from the DACH area (Germany, Austria, Switzerland): GreatScott!, Bitluni, Andreas Spiess. They cover stuff in-depth and they are an excellent resource for learning about electronics.