I’ve spent the past 7.5 weeks talking about the benefits of having a balanced lifestyle and how to make balance a reality in your life. In that time, I’ve changed my own work and study habits by following the Rule of 8, and could not feel better!
But I can’t take all the credit. In fact, people recognised the value of the Rule of 8 over 150 years ago when stonemasons marched through the streets of Sydney and Melbourne, demanding their right to work 8 hour days, and get the rest and sleep they needed.
Today, a number of successful individuals in society continue to follow this mantra and stress the importance of a balanced lifestyle.
In her recent essay on how to be a boss, music superstar Grimes (aka. Claire Boucher) attributed her success, at least in part, to the Rule of 8:
“Schedules are amazing: eight hours of work, eight hours of sleep. The other eight hours are fair game. (I have not mastered this one, but when I can get it going I’m a lot more productive.)”
Further, Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO of Pimco (and on a salary of $100 million per year!) quit his job in 2013 because of the toll it was taking on his work-life balance.
Just goes to show that no monetary value can be placed on the importance of having balance in one’s life.
But you don’t need to be a business executive or high-ranking entrepreneur to reap the benefits of a balanced lifestyle. In fact, the value for students can be just as profound, allowing you to develop good habits for life and work to the best of your ability, ultimately improving your study success:
“As a HSC student, this is a perfect solution to maintaining a healthy balance of social and working lifestyle. Playing state level rugby made it very difficult to stay on top of tasks or having a social life throughout the year but this all changed when I started doing the Rule of 8. It has made a big difference to my life. Thank you Paris!”
“Being honest, I was pretty sceptical the first time I came across the Rule of 8 blog, but now I can’t live without it! Both my sister (in year 11) and myself (in year 12) live by it. We keep each other working during our 8 hours work time and remind each other to take a break when we need it. I feel so much more organised and a lot more relaxed than I would have ever thought possible right before the HSC.”
“I’m a second year University student who also works full time to pay the bills. The Rule of 8 has made a huge difference to my life over the past month or so – I feel like I’m more on top of my work schedule and have gotten a head start on my major assignments which I’d usually be cramming in last minute. So grateful to the Rule of 8 and the speedy replies to all my questions!”
So if you’re struggling to manage your workloads, if you have no time for sleep or no time to generally enjoy life, the give the Rule of 8 a go!
After all, you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain…
Have you tried the Rule of 8 yet? If so, share your experiences in the comments below!