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The Perils of Overmonitoring Your Behavior and Goals







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Some people are pretty oblivious to time. They work crazy late, but they can’t remember what they did, they forget to eat, and they go through life in a bit of a haze. For people in this category, the current trend of self-monitoring, whether through time trackers likeToggl or fitness trackers likeFitbit, plays a critical role in helping them take ownership of their time and live happier, healthier lives. That’s a good thing.

But for those on the opposite end of the self-awareness spectrum, overmonitoring can have dire consequences. Instead of living life, they make life a test: Did I wake up on time? Am I answering everyone’s emails in an acceptable time period? How do all of my numbers look? Did I estimate all of my to-dos for the day accurately? Did I eat the diet du jour that’s supposed to give me the most energy while still being environmentally friendly? Did I…? Did I…? Did I…?...

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