“Never be so busy making a living that you forget to lead a life.” – Doly Parton
What is the 888 rule?
In short, it means living a balanced life with 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours of sleep.
I was introduced to this rule when I went to Sydney, Australia as part of a summer exchange program while doing my Masters degree.
Our first assignment in Australia was to compare the work-life balance in Australia and the United States.
In general, everyone in Manly Beach, Sydney seemed to be living a much better life. You’d notice everyone on the beach, everyone had a dog, there were lots of healthy people doing different activities.
After interacting with the locals, we understood the theory behind the 888 rule. It basically means dividing your time into three segments.
While Sleep requirements most vary slightly from person to person healthy Adults need seven to nine hours sleep per night to function at their best.
I noticed it personally. When I sleep 8 hours, I’m less moody, more energetic, and generally happier.
I dealt with acute insomnia as a teenager. The cure that worked for me was lifting weights and waking up early.
If you are still having trouble sleeping after exercising, I would recommend taking melatonin and CBD.
Another suggestion is if you are like a caffeine snob like me, please take caffeine before noon. If you drink caffeine late in the day, when your cortisol levels drop and adenosine should build up, it can interfere with your body’s natural rhythm.
Recently instead of a second cup of coffee. I prefer matcha or green tea as this is less nervous and is a great form of antioxidant.
Regarding your phone, here are some suggestions from my personal experience:
Delete social media apps. I use these apps on my laptop and check them out once a day. With limited time in the day, I don’t waste my precious time mindlessly scrolling social media.
Change your alarm tone, I use the sounds of birds chirping or a super chill track in place of the standard tone. I’ve heard on some famous podcasts that it really affects how you start your day.
In today’s world we dissolve our life job. We are so obsessed with it that we just work, sleep, and repeat. The 40 working hours per week have fallen below normal and increased to 60.80 or even 100. The weekends also turned out to be a normal working day.
I firmly believe that 8 hours of non-stop work can make a huge difference. I’ve always been busy but not productive. I remember doing two jobs and a second master’s on the weekends. I was always burned out and tired. It was a terrible way of living. I’ve completely overworked myself mentally and emotionally. I was out of balance.
If you think that 12-14 hours a day is not having a negative impact on your health, then you are lying to yourself. Before we start, I want to mention a few of them Health risks that can arise from overload::
60% higher risk of heart problems, chronic sleep indebtedness, increasing stress levels, obesity, increased risky alcohol consumption and type 2 diabetes.
- Find the activities that get the best results and focus on them: Another rule known as the Pareto Principle tells us this rule 80% of the results come from 20% of the activities.
- Measure Effectiveness: Test new techniques and find tools that can save you time on the job. Do whatever you can think of to improve this lesson.
- Remove Time Wasters: The phone is the biggest distraction. Try putting it in airplane mode or keeping it in a different room when trying to be in a flow state.
- Delegate: When you can find a suitable person to do your simpler job. I’ve personally outsourced the work to my virtual assistant in India who checks all of my emails and updates me on my daily schedule every day.
- Learn to say no: There is a very powerful quote from Warren Buffet about it:
“The difference between successful and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffet
6. Prioritize: I use TeuxDeux.com recommended by Matt Di Avila. Write down 3 important tasks for the day that require thought and decision-making. I don’t put chores like groceries or car wash on this list. This includes tasks like planning another YouTube video, meeting on brand strategy, and researching upcoming brands’ earnings reports.
There is a quote from Naval Ravikant:
Nobody will value you more than yourself. Set and stick to a high personal hourly rate.
You can live your life however you want. But if you want to get rich, this has to be your top priority. It has to come before everything else, which means you can’t pinch. People don’t understand that.
If you can outsource something for less than your hourly rate, go for it
If you can hire someone to do this for less than your hourly rate, hire them. This includes things like cooking. You may want to prepare your own healthy home-cooked meals. But if you can outsource it, do that instead.
There are companies like Hello Fresh that were built just to save you cooking time and improve access to healthy meals.
I personally prepare meals and make meals that take up very little time.
Recreation can be blogging, reading a book, playing the guitar, watching a movie, listening to a podcast or audiobook while commuting, spending time with friends and family, going to the gym. We all have some kind of hobby that we do to decompress. I went to the driving range, read my favorite book, or watched a movie from IMDB’s Top 250 Movies. I’m calling one of my best friends to check on them.
I would also recommend discovering new things. Things you always wanted to do but never did.
Not planning your free time is the biggest mistake
Here are a few ways you can relax and decompress:
- Listen to an audiobook on Audible
- Try a guided mindfulness meditation
- Get a massage or facial
- Schedule a date night
- Go to the beach
- Learn to cook a new dish
- movie night
When I started following this rule, the main thing I noticed was that I was becoming more present. I stopped answering emails all day and set the times to reply to them. I stuck to the work schedule I made for myself and for the first time in two years I felt like my day was over
Most people are not good at time management because they don’t sit and write where their time goes. I noticed that at my peak I was really only working 4 hours a day. The rest of the time was gone to commute, dream, cook, clean, run errands, and a lot more that won’t add any real value to your career.