Mantaining balance

One of the most complicated things to do as an adult is to maintain balance. When you grow up, you see some people starting to smoke, others going out and drinking in excess, some don't sleep enough, and others become lazy and don't exercise.

I'm obsessed with efficiency and the optimal point. To obtain perfect balance, there are easy questions to answer. For example, what should be the optimal amount of sleep per night? The sweet spot is between 7 and 8.5 hours.

How many hours do I need to spend doing sport? Probably a minimum of 5 hours per week.

How many calories should I eat per day? Somewhere in between 2.2k and 2.5k kcal (considering a resting metabolic rate of ~1900 kcal).

How many cigars should I smoke? Zero.

However, there are some questions without easy answers. For example, how about the correct amount of cash in your bank account? Or how many friends does someone need to be fulfilled? How many hours does an adult need to work per day?

People assume that more is better in all these questions. But... is it? For example, imagine someone with a couple of million in the bank. Most people would all agree that it's a good amount of fuck you money. Nevertheless, someone with 2 billion is probably being greedy. Someone with 10 friends probably has a well-balanced social life, someone who states having 2000 friends, is probably lying or being too superficial. Football players train 4 hours per day, whereas workaholics are happy to work more than 60 hours per week.

Most questions are relative to the individual. You are responsible to discover your answers. That means, that you need to do trial and error to find the parameters that fit you and your personality.

Hi, I'm Erik, an engineer from Barcelona. If you like the post or have any comments, say hi.