Life is made a tradeoffs

Life is made a tradeoffs

Everyone has constraints on their time and energy. And every choice has a cost. You cannot have it all. You have to choose. You can be mediocre in everything, or excel in some and ignore the rest

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The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance

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The Four Burners Theory

Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it: family, friends, health, your work.

The Four Burners Theory says that “in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.”

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Options to maximize all areas of life:
  1. Outsource Burners: you can keep the burner running without spending your time on it.
  2. Embrace Constraints and try to be effective within those limits. Well designed limitations can improve your performances.
  3. Break your life into seasons: You don’t have to give up on your dreams forever, maybe you need to let go of something for this season.

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  1. Having separate work and home profile on laptop can work wonders. Preferably logout and login and switch modes.
  2. No trespassing of data. No personal logins on work and vice versa.

How to identify high yield tasks. Make lists. Top 3 are the high yield tasks. Preferably make them at night before sleeping. Don’t remember it. Just jot it down. Keep your brain cells free.

Delegate better. Enable people to take decision on their own.

Resist the urge to do it yourself. Lot of us see things in immediate landscape. “If I explain this will take me an hour, If I do this may be 15 min”. This kind of situation will lead you to experience “ Déjà vu ”. Thinking long-term helps a lot here. 1 hour today save future x iterations. Saving is not only those interactions but longer uninterrupted focus time plus teaching is the best form of understanding.

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The Mythical Work/Life Balance

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Boundaries Instead Of Balance

It’s fine to value stability, but since life isn’t still, putting balance on a pedestal is problematic.

Developing a boundary-setting practice will allow you to reconfigure how your day and week is going to play out based on professional responsibilities and personal needs and not freak out if one day is all work and zero play. 

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Instead of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing on Boundaries

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  • Task management. This one is most commonly taught and includes systems like Getting Things Done.
  • Knowledge management. This is embodied in systems like productivity educator Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain.
  • Priority management. Without this category, the first two will fail. You need to have your tasks and resources organized, but also know how to prioritize them.

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How to Prioritize Work Tasks: The Ultimate Guide to Priority Management

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