The Four Burners Theory: Or ‘Why You Feel Like Crap Most of The Time’

The Four Burners Theory: Or ‘Why You Feel Like Crap Most of The Time’
Carly Jacobs

Have you heard of The Four Burners Theory? It a kind of a slightly more developed scaremongering theory, encouraging people not to multi-task but on a grander scale than say trying to do your taxes and chat on Facebook at the same time.

Here’s the basic concept. You need to imagine that your life is a stove (theoretically) with four burners on it. Each burner symbolises one major quadrant of your life.

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1. The first burner represents your family.
2. The second burner is your friends.
3. The third burner is your health.
4. The fourth burner is 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. Which two do you choose?

Do you choose work and health and let your family and friends simmer back down to low flame? Or do you prioritise work and family and leave little room for health and friends?

This week on Straight & Curly, Kelly and I discuss The Four Burners Theory and how you can use it get some balance and calm back in your life.

Topics discussed –

Can you survive with all four burners running?

Which burner is the most important? And is it the same for everyone?

Is it possible to outsource burners?

Can you turn burners on and off all day?

What about the concept of burner seasons?

Listen here – or on your fave podcast app.

What are your thoughts on The Four Burners Theory? Which burners are the most important to you?

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  1. Michaela 2 years ago

    Interesting theory! If I have to truly think about it – I think for me Health and Work are the most important burners for me. I tend to definitely keep Family and Friends rather low-burning most of the time, since I’m really not close to most of my family and I have few friends (who are already pretty low key).

    Health is really the most important to me (since I work hard to keep my mental illnesses at bay) followed by Work because it’s something that I’ve become passionate about and enjoy doing!

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      Carly Jacobs 2 years ago

      I think the health burner should everyone’s top priority – even above family – because if you’re not in good health, you’re kind of useless. None of my other burners work if my health one isn’t firing.

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