Week 1: Slice of Life

Part of:
Quantified Self Assessment
Alex Hedtke

The Character Sheet is inspired by tabletop RPG games and has its roots in CFAR’s ‘Bug List’ exercise, but reflavored with Positive Psychology to increase effectiveness, and with elements of the FMEA for added rigor.

When the exercise is complete, you will have a list of characteristics to aspire to (dubbed ‘Features’, as opposed to ‘Bugs’), and a prioritization system showing you which ones to tackle first.

This class's goals are as follows:

  1. Bring one’s problems to conscious attention.
  2. Learn the valuable skill of facing uncomfortable truths.
  3. Provide a system that helps you prioritize what problems and goals you should work on first, in a positive manner.
  4. Provide the raw materials on which all other exercises can be used on, and help measure the effectiveness of any self-help techniques you use

The Slice of Life is the most generic tool for finding bugs, and is usually what will yield the most. Envision your day from start to finish, and note down anything you're not happy with, no matter how small.

Some sample questions to get you started:

  • Do you get up on time so you aren’t rushing out the door for work?
  • Is your sleep quality anything short of excellent?
  • Do you eat a healthy breakfast?
  • Do you have to go hunting through an unfolded pile of laundry to find your work clothes?
  • Is your transportation reliable?
  • What about while at work?
  • Are there any procedures that are unpleasant?
  • Any coworkers you don’t get along with?
  • Do you feel burned out at the end of the day?
  • Is your hygiene where it should be?
  • Do you go to bed on time?


Perform the Slice of Life activity for 30 minutes (set a timer!) and record the bugs in a spreadsheet or list.

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