We spend a lot of time throughout the day gathering information and reviewing it. What do I need for work? What do I need for home? What tasks need to get done? Did someone ask me to do carpool today? Many of us rely on something external to help us recall all this information rather than rely on memory alone, aiding us to make the best decisions all day and helping us plan how to get everything done. Whether it’s old Post-It notes, day planners, or apps on our smartphones, we tend to have something handy to help us accomplish the things we want to get done.
There are four major practices or measures of wellbeing that health and wellness professionals suggest should be monitored: mindfulness, sleep, activity, and nutrition. Keeping a record of these four functions has demonstrated gains in overall health, stress reduction, restful sleep, and improved problem solving. I am going to discuss some techniques to monitor and manage each of these four, including some cool technological solutions.