Keep 80%, not 110%


In Japan, there is a saying “Hara hachi bu” which means “eat until you are 80% full”. Especially, people in Okinawa Island where a lot of them are over 100 years old, keeps this principle.

Some of us eat and work until our capacity becomes full or sometimes it goes beyond our capacity. Usually, we are bound to work hard for our career, finance, a social contribution and more.

Meanwhile, it causes burning out and a risk for us not to have any rooms to challenge any new things.

Then, I am inspired by the article of Mr. Justin Jackson and totally agree with him.

He says,

I loved the busyness. I was firing on all cylinders. Spinning all these plates in the air. The world was my oyster!

And it all worked fine until…

…I cracked.

You see, I had no reserves. The problem with being maxed out is you can’t deal with anything new. I couldn’t fit anything else in. I’d squeezed my schedule, my finances, my energy, and my family to the absolute limit. And then a crisis: the business I’d invested in went bad. I had no extra room to deal with a crisis: all those plates I’d been spinning came crashing down. I experienced depression for the first time in my life.

His solution was a kind of mental control as maintaining his pace at 80% not 100% or 110%. There is no scientific fact though.

As a result, he is better able to deal with emergency and unexpected matters. Naturally, his work can be focused on more without burning out.

It means a lot to me. Since having a quite similar situation with him, I should change my working style and create more space in my life. As long as we have some space, something new will come up to us, right?



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