Well, so far, things with the spire have been pretty interesting/entertaining. What I ended up doing was reviewing the day's report in the evening right before bed, checking it against an ad hoc journal I'd kept during the day, as well as my outlook calendar. That let me get some good insight into what it was picking up on, as well as getting some nuggets of information from it in a way that wasn't interfering with my day.
Some interesting things to me, is that in my journal, I frequently marked things as "feeling tense" when I thought maybe the Spire would be picking up on that; in retrospect, I realized that in those situations, I was actually feeling frustrated, or angry, or annoyed. I was surprised to find, more often than not, in those moments the Spire was actually recording a "focused" or "calm" state. However, there were freqently moments before or after those moments I'd marked as 'tense' where the Spire recorded tension. These were moments when I was anticipating or remembering these otherwise emotionally intense moments. What I've come to realize is that I'm actually pretty good at staying in control of my body during episodes of heightened emotional activity — arguing with a boss, or having to make presentations — but that before and after I can be a bit erratic.
It was also interesting to see where the Spire picked up on tension in areas that, in retrospect, absolutely make sense, but that I was totally unaware of it in the moment. When I was on the phone with my dad this past Monday, talking about my sisters wedding, I was more or less fine (focused) throughout, but once it turned to discussing the way as a family we handle emotional matters, the Spire recorded tension (hello). Also, after a trip to the spa, when a guy, Matt, I'd seen in the steamroom was flirting with me and uh... trying to maneuver himself into something like a date, the Spire recorded the longest episode of tension so far. I felt like the whole thing was part and parcel with any episode of flirting in my life — I managed to be funny, and casual, if non-commital — but apparently my breathing was all over the place. This is where I think it could be interesting to compare the episodes recorded on my Spire with my heart rate, as monitored by my watch. But... that would mean having to wear my watch again.
So this week, I'm turning notifications back on, but only for periods of tension (the Spire will notify me if I've been breathing shallow & erratically for more than two minutes) and for sedentary periods (the Spire will remind me to get up and move around after being idle for more than 30 minutes).
Overall, I've like my experience, though the clip does dig into my waist after a while. I also learned that the Spire is functionally useless when wearing overalls.