Getting down to a four hour workweek

4-hour-work-weekI read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss almost two years ago, and I still think about it regularly.  This book actually was the kick in the pants I needed to start getting into motion out of the career that I didn’t enjoy and the lifestyle that was making me miserable.  It’s such a must-read that I recommend to anyone, whether you’re a wantreprenur (wannabe entrepreneur) like me or even if you like your job, but just want more time for the rest of your life.

Now if you still are in the life where you don’t have those extra hours to spare reading a questionably helpful book (but trust me it is), here’s a condensed version that hopefully will intrigue you enough to reflect more about this possibility!  Wouldn’t working 4 hours a week be AMAZING?!

  • Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”  We often do what everyone else is doing, and assume it’s the right thing.  I’ve grown up to do what others do with their money, their time and their lives.  And the majority of people I know are nowhere near where they want to be in their own lives, so perhaps the best thing to do is to diverge from the norm and do things differently.
  • Create A Dreamline.  There’s no way to achieve the goals that I want haphazardly or by luck.  There has to be a diligent, conscious, actionable plan in place.  It just so happens those goals are going to be my dreams.
  • Get Out Of Your Own Way.  I’ve been making excuses for too long resulting in the same thing that’s been happening for too long.  Nothing.  Get uncomfortable and stop stopping my own progress just because I am scared.declutter-storage
  • Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate.  Get rid of the noise that is blocking your vision to your goals.  Live by the 80/20 rule in everything I do from what I eat to who I spend time with.
  • Learn A Different MBA: Management By Absence.  I am currently working on a business that hopefully one day doesn’t need me to micromanage it and that will create wealth on its own.  It will take time to build that machine, but once it’s built, it should run for perpetuity with very little maintenance.
  • Know That Becoming Part Of The New Rich Is Not About The Money.  It’s about facilitating the lifestyle I want, and that might require very little money at all.  I need to focus on freeing up my time to do the things I want and to stop spending my time and therefore my resources on things that are not important to me.

I will be re-reading this again one I finish up that pesky thing I aka my Masters Degree this spring and will continue to recapture my action items.  I’m probably on more of a 35 hour work week now and really want to get closer to that 4-hour work week every year.  I’d love to hear your tips about how to create more freedom in your life.  Any tip is a good tip!


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