Tracking fatigue: Tapping Rate Test

Hi all,
As far as I could find when the topic of burnout/fatigue is discussed the recommendation is the use of pomodoros and take multiple breaks (and days off).

Pomodoros and breaks are really good, but doesn’t take to account that:

  • Not all tasks require the same amount of effort:
    For example, there are tasks that require multiple decisions and others that are mostly mechanical.

  • Coding is not a pure mental task:
    Sitting for extend period of time can produce health and other problems (back pain, spinal compression etc.) [0]

    So, is necessary use some method that can give more information than the lack of focus. A method that can be used is the “Tapping Rate Test”:

The tapping rate is a psychological test given to assess the integrity of the neuromuscular system and examine motor control.

The finger tapping test has the advantage of being a relatively pure neurologically driven motor task because the inertial and intersegmental interactions are so small that biomechanical influences on movement are reduced.

Finger tapping involves three important features: time, spatial amplitude, and frequency Studies have reported that the average number of taps per 10-second interval can be used to distinguish between patients with mild traumatic brain injury and healthy controls, is slower in people one month after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury, and in experienced boxers and soccer players who frequently “headed” the ball The speed of finger tapping has also been found to be related to severity of initial traumatic brain injury, and can be used to help assess recovery from mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries

During administration, the subject’s palm should be immobile and flat on the board, with fingers extended, and the index finder placed on the counting device.

One hand at a time, subjects tap their index finger on the lever as quickly as possible within a 10-s time interval, in order to increase the number on the counting device with each tap. The original procedure calls for five consecutive trials within a 5-point range for each hand, but variations include a total of six trials, in two sets of three.
How to avoid burn out

I am currently using this (on an old tablet to avoid using my arm, and not worry about breaking it):

https://diegoperezm.github.io/tapping-rate-test/

How I am doing it:

  • Test in the morning (wake up-> no coffee->test)

  • I am only doing it one time , 10 seconds

  • I am trying to identify task effort (heavy vs light),it will probably easier just compare git commits/activity with the result of the test (of the same date)

    That is all, I hope it can be useful to someone.

Cheers and happy coding :slight_smile: .

Notes:

[0] https://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/11/health/sitting-increases-risk-of-death-study/index.html