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Visualizing Gulfs and Streaks - Peripheral Support for Goal-Setting & Habit-Forming in Personal Informatics
Wesley Willett, Lora Oehlberg
Tools for systematically logging information about one's exercise, sleep, diet, and other activities are increasingly commonplace. In spite of this, tools and strategies for using this data to impact behavior and change habits are still nascent. We present some reflections on goal-tracking and discuss a few initial strategies for supporting goal-setting and habit-formation in a life-logging tool. Our current work focuses on understanding the value of lightweight manual data input and on helping users track goals by maintaining peripheral awareness of 'streaks' and 'gulfs' in their data. We illustrate our thinking with examples from several initial sketches and prototypes.