Personal Transparency

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My life is better the more open I am with information.

I’m big on information. Knowing more about myself, my habits, and the affects of my actions helps me make better choices.

Equally, sharing more of myself, my thoughts and plans, wins and losses, leads to other people making better choices about me: would this be of interest? Is now a good time? Is this a good person for that keynote?

This turns up in several ways on this site:

Calendar
Some years ago I set up joereddington.com/calendar.html – so that when setting up calls and meetings I could give people my free/busy times and let them pick a free time.

Live notes
I write live notes when working. It helps to keep my attention on a project and means that, when I come back to the project some time later – I know where I was, and what I was thinking at the time. Making them public makes it easier to ask questions,  gives some context when I’m sending in a bug report, and also makes my work easier for people to repeat – I’m moving more and more of my tasks onto other members of eQuality Time at the moment and being able to give them all of the information is important.

Stress Charts
I keep my todo list online. For everybody: the bigger a todo list gets and the older the tasks are, the more stressed people get. I have some code that charts the size of the list so that I, and everybody else can get a good look at my stress levels.

Finance

It’s a little old right now, but I’ve previous done things like talk about payment and put up my payslip online.