Having found my hydration levels to be low through the Vivoo urine test (+app), I decided to focus on my drinking habits, which forms an essential part of my work routine. To simplify the data capture, I didn’t include milk from cereal (which wasn’t daily) or omit cups of coffee which were half-finished, as the process of logging data was during the making of a brew or top-up of my water bottle. The water bottle icons indicate each time I refilled my Hidrate Spark water bottle. I was thinking of adding another variable such as ‘space where the drink is consumed’ but it turns out nearly all my drinking was within a room I spend most of my day in due to remote work and lockdown. I was also considering adding virtual spaces where the drink was consumed through website and email logs, but that would have been a bit more planning to capture as I could potentially be moving between several virtual online spaces while consuming a drink over a period of time. I could have possibly considered drinking water standing, sitting or lying down.
I was on an OMAD (One Meal A Day – Fasting); which I did to see what impact it would have on patterns and results. Two of the days were non-work days to see how habits and patterns may change. (I will let the reader see if they can figure out which days these were)
I started the sketching by exploring Evernote but decided to stick to using OneNote for the variety of colours and pens. I decided to experiment with an iPad and pencil as opposed to a Surface Pro (which I used previously) and really felt the difference; the iPad felt far more natural. Digital art also gives me a lot of space to experiment with, and I really liked the fact that I could zoom into a ‘square’ and draw as needed without having to create a very large axis. I decided to use the background graph paper and rely on colours as part of the visual language I was creating as the aesthetics were part of the visual impression of the story. I kept a column for each type of beverage water in the first, coffee in the second and any other drink in the third as I would often fill up water and have a coffee together.
There doesnt seem to be any correlation between total water consumed and caffiene:
Day 1: 3015ml water / 3 espresso (caffienated)
Day 2: 3263 ml / 5 espressos (caffienated)
Day 3: 4099 / 3 espressos (caffienated)
Day 4: 3108 ml / 3 espressos (caffienated)
Day 5: 3600 ml / 3 espressos (caffienated)
By the end of the week, I did another Vivoo urine test and my hydration levels had significantly improved. What impact does hydration have on memory and brain performance? How could I relate this to productivity? How would this be measured and/or captured? These are some of the questions I take with me for further exploration.
As an extension, I decided to plot the data of the water consumed from the Hidrate Spark water bottle; this device essentially works by digitally recording the difference in weight and hence water consumed against time. What is evident is I needed to extend my graph from 6 am to 12am to account for taking sips of water at night. Each dote below represent 10ml after rounding the total value at the specified time. On a specific day, exercised in the morning and later had a long walk on the treadmill, which can be seen in the graph below but not the one above which only accounts for when the water bottle is refilled.