For most, Overall Mood is generally highest after a daily total of 4 hours of Time Spent Moderately Productively over the previous 7 days.
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People with higher Time Spent Moderately Productively usually have higher Overall Mood
Each column represents the number of days this value occurred.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Time Spent Moderately Productively on each day of the week.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Time Spent Moderately Productively for each month of the year.
Each column represents the number of days this value occurred.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Overall Mood on each day of the week.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Overall Mood for each month of the year.

Abstract

Aggregated data from 35 study participants suggests with a medium degree of confidence (p=0.27556370976104, 95% CI -2.572 to 2.608) that Time Spent Moderately Productively has a very weakly positive predictive relationship (R=0.02) with Overall Mood. The highest quartile of Overall Mood measurements were observed following an average 3 hours Time Spent Moderately Productively per day. The lowest quartile of Overall Mood measurements were observed following an average 2.6372436896455 h Time Spent Moderately Productively per day.

Objective

The objective of this study is to determine the nature of the relationship (if any) between Time Spent Moderately Productively and Overall Mood. Additionally, we attempt to determine the Time Spent Moderately Productively values most likely to produce optimal Overall Mood values.

Participant Instructions

Get RescueTime here and use it to record your Time Spent Moderately Productively. Once you have a RescueTime account, you can import your data from the Import Data page. Your data will automatically be imported and analyzed.
Record your Overall Mood daily in the reminder inbox or using the interactive web or mobile notifications.

Design

This study is based on data donated by 35 participants. Thus, the study design is equivalent to the aggregation of 35 separate n=1 observational natural experiments.

Data Analysis

Time Spent Moderately Productively Pre-Processing
Time Spent Moderately Productively measurement values below 0 seconds were assumed erroneous and removed. Time Spent Moderately Productively measurement values above 7 days were assumed erroneous and removed. It was assumed that any gaps in Time Spent Moderately Productively data were unrecorded 0 seconds measurement values.
Time Spent Moderately Productively Analysis Settings

Overall Mood Pre-Processing
Overall Mood measurement values below 1 out of 5 were assumed erroneous and removed. Overall Mood measurement values above 5 out of 5 were assumed erroneous and removed. No missing data filling value was defined for Overall Mood so any gaps in data were just not analyzed instead of assuming zero values for those times.
Overall Mood Analysis Settings

Predictive Analytics
It was assumed that 0 hours would pass before a change in Time Spent Moderately Productively would produce an observable change in Overall Mood. It was assumed that Time Spent Moderately Productively could produce an observable change in Overall Mood for as much as 7 days after the stimulus event.
Predictive Analysis Settings

Data Sources

Time Spent Moderately Productively data was primarily collected using RescueTime. Detailed reports show which applications and websites you spent time on. Activities are automatically grouped into pre-defined categories with built-in productivity scores covering thousands of websites and applications. You can customize categories and productivity scores to meet your needs.

Overall Mood data was primarily collected using QuantiModo. QuantiModo allows you to easily track mood, symptoms, or any outcome you want to optimize in a fraction of a second. You can also import your data from over 30 other apps and devices. QuantiModo then analyzes your data to identify which hidden factors are most likely to be influencing your mood or symptoms.

Limitations

As with any human experiment, it was impossible to control for all potentially confounding variables. Correlation does not necessarily imply correlation. We can never know for sure if one factor is definitely the cause of an outcome. However, lack of correlation definitely implies the lack of a causal relationship. Hence, we can with great confidence rule out non-existent relationships. For instance, if we discover no relationship between mood and an antidepressant this information is just as or even more valuable than the discovery that there is a relationship.
We can also take advantage of several characteristics of time series data from many subjects to infer the likelihood of a causal relationship if we do find a correlational relationship. The criteria for causation are a group of minimal conditions necessary to provide adequate evidence of a causal relationship between an incidence and a possible consequence.

The list of the criteria is as follows:
Strength (A.K.A. Effect Size)
A small association does not mean that there is not a causal effect, though the larger the association, the more likely that it is causal. There is a very weakly positive relationship between Time Spent Moderately Productively and Overall Mood

Consistency (A.K.A. Reproducibility)
Consistent findings observed by different persons in different places with different samples strengthens the likelihood of an effect. Furthermore, in accordance with the law of large numbers (LLN), the predictive power and accuracy of these results will continually grow over time. 134 paired data points were used in this analysis. Assuming that the relationship is merely coincidental, as the participant independently modifies their Time Spent Moderately Productively values, the observed strength of the relationship will decline until it is below the threshold of significance. To it another way, in the case that we do find a spurious correlation, suggesting that banana intake improves mood for instance, one will likely increase their banana intake. Due to the fact that this correlation is spurious, it is unlikely that you will see a continued and persistent corresponding increase in mood. So over time, the spurious correlation will naturally dissipate.

Specificity
Causation is likely if a very specific population at a specific site and disease with no other likely explanation. The more specific an association between a factor and an effect is, the bigger the probability of a causal relationship.

Temporality
The effect has to occur after the cause (and if there is an expected delay between the cause and expected effect, then the effect must occur after that delay). The confidence in a causal relationship is bolstered by the fact that time-precedence was taken into account in all calculations.

Biological Gradient
Greater exposure should generally lead to greater incidence of the effect. However, in some cases, the mere presence of the factor can trigger the effect. In other cases, an inverse proportion is observed: greater exposure leads to lower incidence.

Plausibility
A plausible bio-chemical mechanism between cause and effect is critical. This is where human brains excel. Based on our responses so far, 1 humans feel that there is a plausible mechanism of action and 1 feel that any relationship observed between Time Spent Moderately Productively and Overall Mood is coincidental.

Coherence
Coherence between epidemiological and laboratory findings increases the likelihood of an effect. It will be very enlightening to aggregate this data with the data from other participants with similar genetic, diseasomic, environmentomic, and demographic profiles.

Experiment
All of human life can be considered a natural experiment. Occasionally, it is possible to appeal to experimental evidence.

Analogy
The effect of similar factors may be considered.

Relationship Statistics

Property Value
Cause Variable Name Time Spent Moderately Productively
Effect Variable Name Overall Mood
Sinn Predictive Coefficient 0.0036163974704256
Confidence Level medium
Confidence Interval 2.590320229466
Forward Pearson Correlation Coefficient 0.018
Critical T Value 1.6914088235294
Total Time Spent Moderately Productively Over Previous 7 days Before ABOVE Average Overall Mood 3 hours
Total Time Spent Moderately Productively Over Previous 7 days Before BELOW Average Overall Mood 3 hours
Duration of Action 7 days
Effect Size very weakly positive
Number of Paired Measurements 134
Optimal Pearson Product 0.036422346230432
P Value 0.27556370976104
Statistical Significance 0.42315428456558
Strength of Relationship 2.590320229466
Study Type population
Analysis Performed At 2019-01-29
Number of Participants 35

Time Spent Moderately Productively Statistics

Property Value
Variable Name Time Spent Moderately Productively
Aggregation Method SUM
Analysis Performed At 2019-01-29
Duration of Action 7 days
Kurtosis 23.530544427522
Maximum Allowed Value 7 days
Mean 29 minutes
Median 17 minutes
Minimum Allowed Value 0 seconds
Number of Correlations 662
Number of Measurements 20562
Onset Delay 0 seconds
Standard Deviation 0.56907461022317
Unit Hours
Variable ID 111502
Variance 0.52030089591372

Overall Mood Statistics

Property Value
Variable Name Overall Mood
Aggregation Method MEAN
Analysis Performed At 2019-01-27
Duration of Action 24 hours
Kurtosis 3.7383708126619
Maximum Allowed Value 5 out of 5
Mean 3.1156748504321 out of 5
Median 3.1369047348216 out of 5
Minimum Allowed Value 1 out of 5
Number of Correlations 1149
Number of Measurements 605816
Onset Delay 0 seconds
Standard Deviation 0.56833853113207
Unit 1 to 5 Rating
UPC 767674073845
Variable ID 1398
Variance 0.43884384603152

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-BHr4hyUWqZU/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAIG28/2Lv0en738II/photo.jpg Principal Investigator - Mike Sinn