The chart below updates every half an hour to give the current size of my Todo list.
Since lots of jobs come in both from various automatic calendar reminders, project reviews, and me there is a correlation between the chart and my stress levels. So if you’re looking to rope me into some activity, it may be best to consult the chart.
Tasks that have been in the inbox for more than a week are the red line, more than three days the purple, and more than 24 hours the green (the blue is the ‘current’ state and includes all the tasks triggered by calendar actions and emails to reply to). Quite often my motivation for a given day is ‘Do all of the purple jobs’ or ‘stop the green line going over ten’. It’s a nice way of making that horrible thing we call work into a game.
More accurately, it’s the derivative of the chart that correlates to my stress levels: flat regions are normal, downward slopes are good and upward slopes are bad. I put some details of the technical part (code and such) of how it’s done on stack exchange a little while ago if people are particularly interested.
There are two charts:last seven days, and the last six months.