Put the body-monitoring tool down, turn around, and slowly walk away. Just because something is measurable doesn’t mean you should measure it, especially if there’s no guarantee it will improve your quality of life.
I’m not a technophobe—far from it. These days, I juggle many professional balls, so I gladly rely on my arsenal of technology almost as much as I depend on food, water, and air. The world has changed, the means by which we communicate have advanced, and there’s nothing I can do to change that—nor would I want to.
But just as there’s an app for everything, there’s also an emerging trend of shiny, new tools that can track our fitness, productivity, health, and even happiness. It’s all part of the Quantified Self (QS) movement (link is external), which posits that we can live better through tracking and analyzing data about ourselves.
Those of us in the business world have been conditioned and encouraged to think in quantitative terms. “What are the numbers? What are the metrics? What’s the bottom line?” This makes sense: How can we know if a product or service is producing a profit, capturing market share, or qualifies as a success story without numbers to capture progress or signal failure?