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What is PersonalAnalytics?

Personal Analytics project was originally initiated by  André N. Meyer and Prof. Dr. Thomas Fritz from the SEAL Lab at the University of Zurich (UZH). Our goal is to build a self-monitoring tool that knowledge workers (e.g. developers, designers, administrators) install on their computer and that allows them to get insights into their work and productivity, and come up with positive behavior changes. The basis are a number of computer interaction trackers (e.g. application usage, emails/meetings, user input) and biometric trackers (e.g. Fitbit, Polar, Garmin, Muse, Tobii) that non-intrusively track data, store them locally on the users machine (to avoid privacy issues!) and then visualize them in a daily/weekly summary, the retrospection.

Anyone is welcome to extend PersonalAnalytics with new trackers or improve existing ones. Feel free to use PersonalAnalytics to get insights into your own work habits, or use it for research studies. In case you re-use PersonalAnalytics, make sure to cite our work.

PersonalAnalytics can be accessed on Github:

The current public release can be downloaded from:

Selection of Blogs referencing our Research

Additional material for paper: Design Recommendations for Self-Monitoring in the Workplace: Studies in Software Development (CSCW'18)

Additional material for paper: Reducing Interruptions at Work: A Large-Scale Field Study of FlowLight (CHI'17)

Additional material for paper: Characterizing Software Developers by Perceptions of Productivity (ESEM'17)

Additional material for paper: The Work Life of Developers: Activities, Switches and Perceived Productivity (TSE'17)