Self-experimentation. This entire series, in it’s essence, revolves around this one topic. Yet it’s likely to be the shortest entry. Read on…
Self-experimentation is not as scary, or for that matter creepy, as it sounds. It’s simply how you figure out what works for you. I mean, this seems so intuitive doesn’t it? If you want to know if something is going to work, you need to try it. Right?
- If we’re talking about trying a new way of interacting with your co-workers, or experimenting with a standing desk option, or adding some personalization to your cubicle – you have to try it to see if it’s going to work.
- If it’s a change related to your eating habits, well that one’s really self-evident. Just try it.
- Moving more takes practice, and time. You’ll want to try and give this one at least a month before judging its effectiveness for you.
- Sleep, you see where this is going.
Experiment. Only you can decide if a change is working for you. Just remember to give each change enough time to truly be able to determine if it’s been effective and beneficial.
In each post in this series, I offer a couple of suggestions for behavior/habit changes that may help you navigate your day to day world. At the risk of sounding like a broken record (not to mention dating myself by knowing what that means), if you want to know if one of those suggestions will in fact help you – you have to be willing to try it out.
The best test subject for a lifestyle change you’re considering – is you. Don’t be afraid to fail. That’s not a bad word. You aren’t a failure, the change you tried is, so discard it and try another one. Each failure is in fact an amazing chance to learn something about yourself, to see what doesn’t work for you, and to tailor your next experiment in a way that will work better. For you.
After all, you’re the expert on you.*
*This actually segues into something I’ll cover soon, the idea of just what an “expert” is and why we give it so much credence.