In work-life balance, there is a popular concept called the four burners theory. I first learned about it back in 2016 from an article James Clear wrote on the topic.
The idea goes that one burner represents your family, one is for your friends, the third burner represents your work, and the fourth goes for your health.
The basic argument here is that, if you want to be successful, you need to cut off one burner. If you want to be really successful, you need to cut off two.
The idea here is pretty good and makes a lot of sense - we only have so much time and energy we could dedicate to these four burners, and we can’t possibly crank all four to the max. At least, not for long.
But, I’ve been thinking lately:
The four burners theory doesn’t just apply to work-life balance, it also applies to lifting.