These days, we are permanently exposed to an incredible amount of digital numbers. Anywhere we go or look, numbers are floating around us like annoying mosquitoes constantly trying to get the most of our attention. People are overwhelmed by a never-stopping stream of statistical data, more colourful graphs and ever more digits flashing up on our online bank account.
Don’t let numbers dictate every aspect of your life. Let’s rather use numbers in a smarter way by quantifying only areas of our life we want to optimise. Using numbers or statistics in a more controlled fashion can be seen as an essential BIOHACK that will make us a more complete person.
As a biohacker myself who is always in search of the optimum by experimenting and being critical of my own paradigms, I like to keep track and record my progress in numbers. Only recently have I discovered that my total sleep time per night hovers roughly around 6 hours 40 min (on training days: one hour more). By diligently recording my sleep time for more than 6 weeks, I was able to discern a simple numerical trend.
Obviously, what I used here was a basic statistical tool but if only everyone monitored more numbers in their lifes (e.g. muscular strength, level of regeneration, body fat percentage, much more) people would be made more aware of what needs improvement.
It also makes sense to introduce different scaling systems. You could measure your subjective personal level of productivity on a 1-10 scale over a prolonged period of time. If your personal number rating had been below 5 for too long, it would hint that some major factors in your life are definitely harming your productivity.
Quantifying your life could be extended to food-related decisions. Many people suffer from countless allergies, chronic illnesses or general physical discomfort. Experimenting, excluding or selecting certain foods could make a huge difference to a person’s well-being.
Here again, quantification is key. Take someone for example who records in his personal statistic that bad allergy symptoms (e.g. bad skin, bloating etc.) occur after consuming too much wheat products. This person may be gluten-intolerant and therefore decide to eliminate foods containing gluten. In this case, his decision-making is vastly enriched with the information from the statistics he has been recording.
I hope I was able to give you an incentive that tracking your own personal parameters in number form can bring about many positive small changes in your life that you otherwise never would have expected.
Don’t be afraid of numbers, let them be afraid of you. Use them to your benefit and become a smarter biohacker.