Self optimization – is that still healthy?
Miracle Morning, yoga and meditation, productivity curves, super food, perfectly timed sleeping times, the ideal diet. All common terms that mean one thing, especially in today’s world: to optimize yourself and get the most out of yourself. A trend of our time? A real compulsion? Is it really necessary in every area, whether physical or personal, to want to achieve the absolute best in efficiency?
What is the self-optimization mania?
It sometimes seems threatening what the colleague manages to achieve. Getting up at 5 a.m., a round of jogging before breakfast, motivating to work and staying productive the whole day while you sit next to it and ask yourself: how do you manage that? How can I manage that?
What you should rather ask yourself is: how will the body deal with this in ten years? Wouldn’t this stress, which could lead to burnout, have much more negative consequences for me, my well-being and my health? Do we always have to function optimally at the present time? Timing every minute perfectly, just to avoid being considered idle when we sit on the sofa for five minutes? The consequences of this craze for optimization in every situation in life are often a feeling of being overtaxed. The things that are supposed to make us happy have the opposite effect.
But what is the solution to all this? Bertrand gives a few suggestions on how to develop yourself without losing yourself in perfectionism: