The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Or better yet, let me have David Sedaris introduce you (this is taken from his recent, very entertaining piece titled “Living the Fitbit Life” in The New Yorker):
Lesley pushed back her shirtsleeve, and as she reached for an olive I noticed a rubber bracelet on her left wrist. “Is that a watch?” I asked.
“No,” she told me. “It’s a Fitbit. You synch it with your computer, and it tracks your physical activity.”
I leaned closer, and as she tapped the thickest part of it a number of glowing dots rose to the surface and danced back and forth. “It’s like a pedometer,” she continued. “But updated, and better. The goal is to take ten thousand steps per day, and, once you do, it vibrates.”
As you might guess, Sedaris ends up purchasing a Fitbit and goes on to describe his adventures in typical Sedaris style.
What begins as a positive ‘exercise’ in self-care evolves into a consuming passion and, finally, an obsession that interferes mightily with everyday life. Sedaris finds himself going from 10,0000 to 20,000 to 30,000 steps, and so on – with no stopping point in sight.
At the end of my first sixty-thousand-step day, I staggered home with my flashlight knowing that I’d advance to sixty-five thousand, and that there will be no end to it until my feet snap off at the ankles. Then it’ll just be my jagged bones stabbing into the soft ground. Why is it some people can manage a thing like a Fitbit, while others go off the rails and allow it to rule, and perhaps even ruin, their lives?
What an excellent question that is! It reflects a challenge that many of us face – how to be disciplined about self-care without tipping the balance and allowing our discipline to turn into obsession or compulsion.
Whether we’re taking about self-care in the context of the Fitbit or life in general, here are 3 keys for your successful journey:
So, your Fitbit, coupled with Self-Knowledge, Self-Trust, and Moderation, is an excellent tool for fine-tuning your Self-Care rituals and keeping track of how you are doing. But apart from those 3 Keys, well, David Sedaris aptly sums up the dangers!
Do you have a Fitbit? I’d be very interested to hear how you use it and how it’s affected your self-care and how you’re doing on your follow-through.
If you’re running into problems, here’s something that will help:
It’s my free Inner Boundary Checklist with 15 simple steps to set and maintain strong, clear internal boundaries. The Inner Boundary Checklist helps you follow through on what you say you will do. Click this link to give yourself this powerful, free tool today!
There are 4 Responses to “Fitbit Fun: Self-Care, Your Energy, and Your Time”