Words by George Douglas-Davies
Edit by MYSHUBOX.COM Editorial Team
The four-burners theory suggests that life’s priorities fall into four categories: family, friends, work and health. The concept further implies that in order to fulfil potential and achieve success, we must choose only two of the four major quadrants of life. To most, this is not conducive to leading a full and happy existence.
It has been said that ‘we all have the same 24 hours in a day’ however, with the complexities of living from day-to-day with an increasing number of roles and responsibilities, it is only natural that some aspect of life suffers. If you find that your career is taking a back burner, we have some advise that may help you to view your career with a renewed focus.
DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
Then work won’t become a mind-numbing chore! Finding a way to love your job is the key to success in the workplace, after all most of us spend over a third of our time there. However, for most of us the idea of doing a job you love is the holy grail of life, there are a few things you can do to make it more enjoyable.
Often times part-time or freelance work is a great way to ward off the monotony of the 9-5, however if that’s not for you why not research into taking a sabbatical and do something you’ve always dreamt of doing – a change of scenery will reinvigorate your drive. The final resort is swapping that high-powered career for a job with less kudos like fashion corporate dropout cum yogi-influencer Yohanna Mannelqvist did. “Instead of operating with the expectations of your family, friends or society in mind follow your truth – the Universe will thank you and though it will seem terrifying at first, when you do what you love for a career you don’t notice that you’re working.” She told MYSHUBOX, “my job is now my lifestyle and I love every second of it.”
Credit: Instagram – Yohanna Mannelqvist @Yohasana
SET YOURSELF SMART GOALS
A competitive streak is often considered to be the calling card of successful people, and who better to compete with than yourself?
Concentrating on SMART Goals makes the results Specific. Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely so that you can achieve the next point our list.
ENSURE YOU HAVE POSITIVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 40% of people believe they do not have a positive work life balance. Work life imbalance can lead to higher stress levels, increased chance of absenteeism and lower productivity, our advice – work SMART, leave the office at a reasonable time – and if you can’t, use technology. Activity and break apps such as ‘Headspace’ and ‘Calm’ will allow you to incorporate rest, time management and mediation strategies into your work day.
STAY IN SHAPE
In a research conducted by Better, 79% of employees said mental and interpersonal performance was better on days they worked out, so try and get into a routine with your exercise regime. However, don’t worry if the gym isn’t your thing – take a walk on your lunch break to clear your head and stretch the legs.
Training your brain by learning a language or doing simple exercises like Sudoku also slows the brain aging process, remember it’s 2018 and there’s an app for everything! Try HelloTalk for realtime conversations with native speakers or Duolingo for a more visual guide.
EAT BRAIN BOOSTING FOODS
A poor diet can cause a 20% drop in productivity as well as lowering your motivation, concentration and mood. An overworked brain can lead to serious conditions such as a stroke and Alzheimer’s, however foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals not only provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases but boost focus. Lesser-known exotic fruits such as ‘Long Kong’, Kiwiberries and the Nashi pear are perfect examples of fruits that can contribute to increased brainpower and cognition. Remember these words the next time that you rush to pick up a meal deal. Visit My Exotic Fruit for fascinating foreign fruits!
DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT
Not the job you have. It’s all about faking it until you make it and the effects are not just external. After an experiment in 2012, researchers discovered that dressing for success “depends on both the symbolic meaning and the physical experience of wearing the clothes.”
It goes without saying that treating yourself improves your mood, but you may not have realised that taking care of your legs and feet actually increases productivity. One large review of reflexology by Kunz and Kunz showed that through reflexology you can reduce anxiety, headaches and sinusitis, proving happy feet mean happy head! Visit a foot doctor for a specialized treatment that will have you ready to put your best foot forward.