A City Guide To Guangshui for One way of minimising inaccuracies in reporting is by using continuous self-monitoring techniq ues, such as smoking or food consumption diaries, with short recording periods, e.g. hourly. This can be a useful method of establishing patterns of behaviour and the circumstances in which they occur. For example, smoking or food consumption diaries commonly instruct the person completing them to note not only the time at which each cigarette is smoked or each meal or snack consumed but also the location, whether anyone else was present, whether any particular cue’ existed and the reasons for consumption. Some studies invite the person to note also whether they are currently experiencing positive or negative emotions. A potential limitation of self-monitoring is that it can be reactive; in other words, it acts as an intervention itself, with participants modifying their consumption on the basis of their increased awareness of their intake. A City Guide To Guangshui 2016.