Creating a Quality Life

So I’ve been watching some videos of Yale Philosophy professor, Death with Shelly Kagan.

He’s really got me thinking about things like the “Quality of Life.”

I thought it would be fun if I tried to quantify things in my life on a scale of 1-10. Something like eating at Taco Bell adds some quality, but not much. So it gets a 1.

Getting a book published, raising a kid, becoming financially independent are all examples of 10′s.

You can see my attempt at cataloging these kinds of things in my life here: (If you click it, it will get bigger.)


Next, I wanted to start assigning a quality score to each day of my life based on the above criteria.

So, I’ve made a form I will try to fill out everyday.

If you would, please don’t fill it out. I’ll just delete your answers. But if you are inspired to do something similar, I would love to see your daily quality scores.

You can see my daily results here.

That’s the spreadsheet format.

Here is the summary view of my quality scores.

I’m interested in doing this to see the kind of life I have. I also think that the underlying basis for this is the premise that more quality is better than less quality.  However, current determination for quality is completely subjective and based on my own personal values.

It would be cool if there was a way to determine a definitive value for “quality”. Maybe I’ll figure that out someday. But as of now, all I can think is that quality is subjective.