The Four Burners Theory

Hello my amazing readers!!

Happy Super Soul Sunday, I hope you are all enjoying the last little bit of summer we have left. This has been such a busy summer for me and in the last week I couldn’t help but feel exhausted with what seemed like endless tasks I needed to get done.

Life is a balancing act and often times I get exhausted in juggling so many different areas. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking on new projects and challenges but at what point is it too much? Are we aware when we are burning ourselves out?!

As I reflect on the week that passed, I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t be more productive with the tasks I have set forth for myself. Then I recalled a theory I had learned about a few years ago; The Four Burner Theory.

In short the theory explains how we have four burners that can be functionally running in our lives, just as you would on a real stove;

“One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work.”

Beyond these four burners nothing can be formed unless you decide to possibly turn one off and that’s when “real” tangible success can be seen.
But then this begs the question… which one do you turn off? Can you maybe dim the light on one of the burners in hopes of at least a little bit of success?

I am not too sure about the accuracy of the theory but when I reflect on my own life I have noticed that taking on too much at the same time is not productive at all, balance is needed and keeping the four burners in mind is really useful.

Let me know what you guys think? How do you balance everything?

Xx. ParParV

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  1. I’m not sure that Charles Bukowski really said, “Find what you love and let it kill you’ but the quote does sum up some of the dilemma of being an artist or having a need for creative success. I consider Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as good examples of creative success in a field that is demanding but not considered a branch of the creative arts–

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    1. parparvan says:

      This is a really good point you bring up! how do you find balance when it comes to your work/play life?

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      1. it’s hard…for instance yesterday I had to spend most of the day at the docs…if I could have I would have spent most of the evening catching up on WordPress…I had a switch and wrote a post and per agreement with my partner came back for our time together and it was time for bed. Today I have another appointment which means I won’t be back until late. If I wanted to throw my health completely out the window I would spend all of my time making pictures, writing and posting..

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      2. parparvan says:

        Never. Ever throw your health out the window!! I think there has to be a way to balance it all but I have yet to find the right balance myself.. oh boy! sounds like you should write a post about this one too!!

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      3. I agree…finding the balance is essential; and because my blog is linked so closely to my therapy I need a certain amount of down time.

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      4. parparvan says:

        Do you have an email address I can reach you at?

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      5. parparvan says:

        Sent you an email 🙂

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    1. parparvan says:

      Wow!!~ I can’t wait to check this out 🙂

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