Taking notes on my commute offered me more insight than I would have guessed before!
For my visualisation, I decided to focus on my morning and afternoon commute to and from school (my workplace), and therefore I labelled the time in between 10-16 with “my school day “. I used the 24 hour-notation for my time scale because it is common here in Switzerland, especially on train and bus timetables. The scale begins at 6 o’clock and ends at 19 o’clock because I always commuted within these times.
In addition to the time I spent on trains and buses, I recorded whether it was a single or double vehicle, whether I was studying related tasks or on my phone ( I don’t do anything else on my commute) and whether I travelled alone or with a colleague. Furthermore, you can see if there was a delay in my commute and when I shopped groceries while changing trains.
This data visualisation shows that I tend to study on inter-city trains because they have tables for your notebook and you have enough space to get work, or in my case study related tasks, done. I am on my phone more on S-trains, because space is limited there. I don’t do any of those two activities on the bus, which is probably down to the fact that I tend to get motion sick on the bus and in the car.
You can tell that I went grocery shopping twice in the morning (to buy my lunch for the day) and twice in the afternoon (to take home groceries to cook dinner).
Four of my trains were delayed this week, which is actually quite a lot and not representative of Switzerland’s train travels. Switzerland has the densest rail network in Europe, and the trains are around 90% on-time (company.sbb.ch/en/the-company/responsibility-society-environment/customers/punctuality.html ). Counting the trains, I used this week, and how many were delayed, only 82% of my trains were on time. To me, it is very entertaining to see all this information by just tracking my commute.
I would wish to visualise the exact times in a more precise way! I had to compromise between clear arrangement and the amount of information I wanted to get across: This is something you have to be aware of when collecting data.