Finding the Balance

I write this post as the hum of the train gradually becomes background noise zooming its way towards our final destination. A trip to Dover for 3 days, is 3 days too much, too little? As humans we are always questioning if we are doing too much or too little.

In regards to our work situation this question seems to creep up in the back our minds every so often. Are you doing too much? Unfortunately, only you can answer that question but here are a few questions that may help.

  1. Do you find yourself working outside of work hours by answering phone calls and emails?
  2. Do you find yourself staying late at work more times than not?
  3. Do you find your mind wondering into work related issues outside of work hours?

This post is not to tell you that you need to quit your job the next day, it is only to make you more aware and mindful of the life you are living.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

As humans we are always questioning if we are doing too much or too little.

Progressive Overload

Yes, the term ‘Progressive Overload’ is a fundamental principle in any form of physical training, but can it relate to life? For those unfamiliar with the term, progressive overload is the placing of higher than normal demands on the human body over a specific period. The rationale is that the body has adapted to a particular stimulus, and needs a new ‘challenge’ to progress. Can this relate to life too?

Now you may be thinking, ‘What is he on about!’, but hear me out. The basic principle of progressive overload is about being better, no matter what we are talking about. So should we try to implement this in our lives? So the idea is no matter what task, strive to be 1% better every day. Now the question is are you ready to implement progressive overload in your life?

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

Essentialism – What is it all about?

You may or may not have heard of the term ‘Essentialism,’ a term popularised by Greg McKeown in his excellent book ‘Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.’ The idea behind the book is to focus on only the essential aspects of your life and being more selective with our time. You may think that now may not be the best time to think of this, but it may well be the best time before the hustle and bustle of post-COVID kicks in.

“If you do not prioritize your life someone else will” – Greg McKeown

The book is broken down into four sections (Essence, Explore, Eliminate, Execute), which helps us understand how to implement essentialism in our lives. Greg explains that the current world “we live in where almost everything is worthless and a very few things are exceptionally valuable.” People struggle with implementing essentialism way of life as they keep holding on to the belief that everything is important. Which makes your wonder, do you hold everything in your life at equal importance? Maybe worth thinking about when you are stuck in the office at 10 pm doing ‘important work’ with your family at home waiting for you.

The point Greg is making is that you cannot have it all, you can’t be the ‘yes man’ to everything, even if you really wanted to. He leaves the readers with one final point.

“Whatever decision or challenge or crossroads you face in your life, simply ask yourself, what is essential?”

“Eliminate everything else.”

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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