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10 May 2006 @ 09:06 am
One of the guineas has been having trouble logging in to take the generic tally test (see behind cut). Does anyone have thoughts about why this might be happening or how to fix it?

Wren

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05 May 2006 @ 04:41 pm
Cross-posted to my personal journal.

WOOHOO! I finally have my personal tally in sync with the generic version … right down to the expanded color spectrum.

If you are getting frustrated with the awkwardness of the generic’s inherent problems you might want to go have a look. There are probably some formatting errors and/or typos but the bones are all lined up.

I’ve tallied my score for today by anticipating the rest of my day’s events. Anything I haven’t actually done yet, but have marked off, was transferred to a list of “things to do”. It’s kinda fun. I’m off to do those things (and thus earn this score). Have a good weekend all. I will get that straight text version out later this weekend. Other than that, I’m not touching this again until I’m caught up on another exciting project. Life is getting really intense! In a good way … I think.

My Keeping Score Results:
Blue-Green (personal level: not yet determined on new scale):
210 accomplishments, 11 health and body, 20 work and home, 18 mind and soul

To see how these results were generated go to Wren’s Tally
To generate your own score, using a more generic tally, go to The Keeping Score Test
(This tally is undergoing some continuing fine-tuning, but is usable as it is.)

To "guinea pigs":
Several volunteers have completed their one week trial of KS. I’m deeply appreciative of all the great feedback I’ve received. Over the next few weeks, I will be refining the system and implementing some changes. If, at any point, you would like to contribute a trial of your own, please contact me. I've developed and posted some instructions and critique prompts HERE.

Listing of Running Scores

complete tally results behind cutCollapse )
 
 
05 May 2006 @ 11:34 am
Well y'all probably noticed that I've been tweaking and adjusting again. I've been making small changes to improve ease of use and clarity. (Nothing I've done, or intend to do, should affect the scale of the scores.)

I have a sinking sensation that the work queries STILL aren't right. I'm betting that it should really look more like this:

-JOB NUMBER ONE--
for the sake of W&H
I performed my PRIMARY function at work:

remember: take points for this function in w&h OR m&s
[05] - [20]

-CAREER NUMBER ONE--
for the sake of M&S
I performed my PRIMARY function at work:

remember: take points for this function in w&h OR m&s
[05] - [20]

-------

-JOB NUMBER ONE--
for the sake of W&H
I performed my SECONDARY function at work:

<remember: take points for this function in w&h OR m&s
[05] - [20]

-CAREER NUMBER ONE--
for the sake of M&S
I performed my SECONDARY function at work:

remember: take points for this function in w&h OR m&s
[05] - [20]

...

I have to admit that I'm really tired of dealing with okcupid's interface when it comes to making apparently simple changes.

I may be burnt on this until I get some time away from all the little boxes and some more feedback about what would really make the process of scoring work points easier and clearer.

You might want to look at the way I track my work points to see how that is SUPPOSED to work. (I'm still entering my primary work-position but the second one, which appears in "the important" section, is set to go.)
Wren’s Tally

Next up:
Several folks have indicated an interest in having a personalized tally along with a willingness to tackle okcupid. I assume that these people are pretty darn web-savvy so I'm planning to convert all the text / information in the generic tally into a word document. That info will not show the html.

Working from that information, motivated guinea pigs could create a tally at okcupid, an excel document and/or a printed "keep track of stuff until I can enter into the tally" check-off list. I'm not in a place where I can offer much guidance on those processes but I'm willing to try to answer questions.

If you decide to try to work something up for yourself, I suggest that you translate the queries to suit you one at a time ... go query for query as much as possible. That will retain the score scale and the embedded balance.

PLEASE provide links to the generic tally and this home site if you intend to post some version of the tally where anyone can see it. Ideally, such links would be displayed every time the results of your tally are posted.

I will post the text of the entire test here, if possible. That post (or posts) will be members locked. If you want a word doc instead, I'll need an email address to which I can send an attachment. This text of which I speak should be available by the end of the weekend.

--Wren
 
 
Some of the following work-position examples stem from personal interviews while others have been assembled from information found at Job Genie, a listing of "12,000 Job Descriptions". This site can be accessed through this link:
Job Genie

Note:
If you have followed the link from the online Keeping Score tally, remember that you will need to navigate back to your place in the test using the back button on your browser. Be aware that the okcupid server may time-out.)

SAMPLE JOB TITLES AND RESPONSIBILTY DESCRIPTIONS :

ACCOUNTANT, CITY GOVERNMENT
-audit, analyze and verify fiscal records and reports
-train & advise lower-level accounting personnel
-prepare and submit financial and statistical reports

CONTRACTOR, CONSTRUCTION
-estimate costs of materials, labor and equipment / prepare bids
-meet with clients to negotiate terms of contract
-supervise workers directly or through subordinate supervisors

CORPORATE EXECUTIVE, "Director of Inter-Company Business"
-supervise employees
-manage profit & loss
-pursue bookings

PARENT/HOMEMAKER, STAY-AT-HOME (10 year old, G&T child / sustainable hobby farm)
-child(ren): educate (general skills & work ethic AND direct supplemental instruction)
-home: create environment that supports family goals (cleaning, nutrition, organization, etc.)
-farm: manage existing assets & expand sustainable practices

PLUMBER, INDEPENDENT
-expand client list and manage advertising
-provide plumbing services in a timely, neat manner
-manage billing & paperwork

PROGRAMMER
-create clean, elegant code fast
-function proactively within the team
- manage status reports / catalog performance achievements (for use at review time)

RESTAURANT GENERAL MANAGER
-increase sales (manage specials & advertising)
-manage labor (schedules, training and performance)
-manage food (quality & inventory)

SECRETARY, SMALL BUSINESS
-reception & phones
-accounts payable and billing
-office maintenance

WAITRESS / WAITER
-provide prompt, friendly, accurate service (keep customers tipping)
-maintain good relationships with wait-staff, bartenders, cooks
-perform side work and cleaning chores (keep management happy)


DEFINING YOUR TITLE AND RESPONSIBILITES:

The following "crib-sheet" is provided to help you determine how YOU should take credit for your work. In order to understand the process, you will probably need to read through the detailed information found HERE
. Once you understand the "rules", you may use this crib-sheet to note your decisions.

Feel free to publish your answers as a comment to this entry. There will always be a link within the test that would allow you to come here to review your thoughts.

Copy the following text and paste into a reply to this entry.


"I have _______ work-positions that consume a significant portion of my time and energy on a regular basis."

"I will call the two most important, or the two most time & energy consuming, work positions:"
NUMBER ONE: ______________________________.
NUMBER TWO: ______________________________.

----------*****----------


My motivation for doing the NUMBER ONE work position:
"I work in this position because __________________. (I have to / I want to / a combination of both)

That means I should fill my points into ________." (pick one combination)
3 JOB/w&h slots
3 CAREER/m&s slots
1 JOB/w&h AND 2 CAREER/m&s slots
2 JOB/w&h AND 1 CAREER/m&s slots

In relation to my NUMBER ONE job title, these are my three most important responsibilities:
"My 1st responsibility is to ______________________."
"My 2nd responsibility is to ______________________."
"My 3rd responsibility is to ______________________."



My motivation for doing the NUMBER TWO work position:
"I work in this position because __________________. (I have to / I want to / a combination of both)

That means I should fill my points into ________." (pick one combination)
3 JOB/w&h slots
3 CAREER/m&s slots
1 JOB/w&h AND 2 CAREER/m&s slots
2 JOB/w&h AND 1 CAREER/m&s slots

In relation to my NUMBER TWO job title, these are my three most important responsibilities:
"My 1st responsibility is to ______________________."
"My 2nd responsibility is to ______________________."
"My 3rd responsibility is to ______________________."
 
 
 
03 May 2006 @ 09:56 am
Keeping Score:
So. Today I think I will bring my own tally into synch with the generic / tutorial tally. I have to add in the working stuff which should be interesting. I think that will mean an additional 15-30 point possibilities – I’m hard pressed to see myself taking more that 30 points for meeting my homemaker responsibilities. Though, when I start educating my son at home, I will probably appreciate those higher levels of credit. My personal tally has already been expanded to include three distinct ways to earn points for my writing – I’ll just need to make sure they parallel the generic tally appropriately.

I think I’ll also move the CAREER points into “the important” section on the generic tally … that should make things less cumbersome. I also have to transfer to the new color-scale which will likely give me a little hiccough in my scores.

(Cross-posted to my personal journal.)
 
 
02 May 2006 @ 10:02 pm
Gave myself a handicap for the muscle aches/headaches I've been having the last couple of days, and for the general depression I'm feeling lately.

indigo (blue-violet)
175 accomplishments, 116 health and body, 11 work and home, and 107 mind and soul

175-185




Your score fits into the following spectrum:

000-110 = Off the scale
115-125 = Black
130-140 = Charcoal
145-155 = Gray
160-170 = Violet
175-185 = Indigo
190-200 = Blue
205-215 = Blue-Green
220-240 = Green
245-255 = Yellow-Green
260-270 = Yellow
275-285 = Yellow-Orange
290-300 = Orange
305-315 = Red-Orange
320-330 = Red
335-345 = Ultra-Violet
350-360 = Ultra-Marine
365-375 = Neon-Green
380-390 = Golden
395-405 = Electric-Orange
410-420 = Infra-Red




----------*****----------




In order to effectively use handicaps in this version of Keeping Score, you must manually adjust the sphere score when you paste the results into your blog if you took a handicap of more than 10 accomplishment points. (OKCupid doesn't handle numbers past 127.)



In order to do that, open the edit function after you paste the results into your journal and find the sphere score number that is over 100. Change the hundreds digit in that score to reflect the actual handicap.



To see possible circumstances that led to a score adjustment, go Google HERE. Use your browser's back button to return to these results.



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on accomplishments
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on health and body
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on work and home
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on mind and soul
Link: The Keeping Score Test written by moderatelymad on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
 
 
My mood in this moment: soresore
 
 
02 May 2006 @ 01:09 am
Hello All,

I'll be leaving the tally alone for a while now. I think I've taken most of your suggestions into account. Feel free to let me know if I forgot to make a change that I said I would make. I'm also interested to know what you think of the new work-scoring system.

I need to spend some time earning non-KS points. I've been obsessing just a little too much and my house needs a lot more attention.

Wren
 
 
Define "working":
If you work outside the home, why do you do so? Is the work about bringing home a paycheck more than anything else? Then you have a job -- and points earned for working belong in work & home. Is the work about personal satisfaction, growth or having fun? Then you have a career (or a paying hobby) -- and points earned for working belong in mind & soul. Of course this is an over-simplification -- on some days even the best job feels like drudgery and the worst jobs bring great joy -- but the basic motivation usually remains consistent.

Scoring "work" becomes even more complicated upon consideration of stay-at-home parents, full-time students and career volunteers. Though these roles require time, commitment, creativity and effort, they do not, necessarily, generate income. Beyond that, many people incorporate one or more of the following activities into their lives: part-time work, organized volunteering, a home-based business and/or supplemental education.

How then does a generic tally neatly accommodate all circumstances? The short answer is that it can't. The only way you can have a tally that is perfectly tailored to your situation is to create one of your own. In the meantime, however, this tally can and should encourage conscious and deliberate thought about work and its role in your life. Working with the generic / tutorial tally is part of the process in learning how to create a personalized tally that suits your unique life.

The generic tally has space to reasonably accommodate two distinct work-positions, though it would be technically possible to take points for up to four. I suggest, though, that filling more than two work-positions on a daily basis would be difficult. Unless you have more hours in the day than most people, I recommend filling in no more than six queries within the work sub-section of the tally. These points are not here for "dabbling". There are ample opportunities to take additional points for parenting, housekeeping, attending classes and engaging in artistic pursuits later in the tally. If you work or attend school part-time, or if your spouse takes over primary parenting duties on the weekends, do not give yourself points for "working" on the days on which you don't actually work. Being does not earn points; doing does.

Here are some sample combinations for your consideration:
waiter / student
stay-at-home parent / yoga instructor (part-time)
office manager / editor of a community paper (volunteer)
lawyer / dog breeder
accountant / youth group coordinator (volunteer)
programmer / student (half-time or more)
teacher / assorted community commitments
line worker / writer (unpublished but serious)

You:
"I have _______ work-positions that consume a significant portion of my time and energy on a regular basis."

Motivation is everything:
First, you must determine your primary motivation for working in any given position. If you do the work for the money, for appearances or because you "have to", mark your points within queries marked "JOB #X". These points will then be acknowledged in the work & home sphere. If you do the work because you believe in it, are driven to perform that work, OR if you are using the job to build toward the career you want, mark your points within queries marked "CAREER #X". If you work both because you have to and because you like to, you have a couple of options.

You might decide to "pick one and stick to it". You might also decide to use the tally to divy you points into both (w&h) and (m&s), either consistently or on a day-to-day basis. For any one work-position, however, you should take points in only three queries. (Applying three queries will allow for a minimum of 15 points and a maximum or 60 points.)

You:
"I work in this position because __________________. That means I should fill my points into ________."
(pick one combination)
three job/w&h slots
three career/m&s slots
one job/w&h AND two career/m&s slots
two job/w&h AND one career/m&s slots


Titles and their associated responsibilities:

Before you can score points related to working, you must define your title. Many jobs come with a convenient title already attached -- a glance at your business card or employee badge should clear up any confusion. If you don't have a ready-made title, make one up.

You:
"I am a/an ______________."

All job title come with an array of expectations, tasks, roles and responsibilities. In relation to YOUR job title, define the three most important responsibilities.
"As a/an ______________, my first responsibility is to ______________________."
"As a/an ______________, my second responsibility is to ______________________."
"As a/an ______________, my third responsibility is to ______________________."
[NOTE]
It may be helpful to note the definitions you devise somewhere so that you can review them occasionally; consistent expectations lead to usefully reflective daily scores. Should you expand to calculating your weekly or monthly averages, you will want to have data that compares "apples to apples".


Use your browser's back button to return to the Keeping Score tally.
 
 
01 May 2006 @ 10:41 am
Good morning and happy May-Day!

Things will be a little ugly over in the work & home section of the tally today while I work on implementing a new way of tracking work-related points. I could take the test off-line to make changes but I prefer to keep it available so that you can see what's going on if you want to. I'm pretty happy with the concept we've developed but the execution is terribly text and query heavy. It is likely I will move the explanatory info behind a link -- once a test taker understands how to score the points, scrolling past all the info would be irritating. I'll do my best to make it all pretty enough before the evening arrives.

Wren