April 08, 2008

The four-hour work week – Timothy Ferriss

I first heard about this book on the blogs (Corrie did a multi-post review on her blog) and in a couple of online forums.

It sparked a bit of controversy so I was eager to check it out – I like a bit of drama ;)

When I went onto the website, I downloaded a 40-minute audio that Tim Ferriss did and… I LOVED IT.

So I subscribed to the blog and started reading.

Then I saw the book at Exclusive Books. Despite my one having an uglier cover (I really wanted the one with the palm trees – that’s another thing I love. Palm trees, not ugly covers), I bought it and started reading.

And I was hooked!

It’s definitely a mindshift and one which I am all too happy to embrace.

When Dion and I were in Malaysia, there was an old man on one of the tours who was in poor health, such that he could not even get out the bus and walk to whichever tourist attraction we were visiting. He had to view Kuala Lumpur through the window of a bus. Isn’t that sad?

So I totally believe in taking LOTS of mini-holidays throughout your life and not just waiting for retirement. We are in good health NOW, so take the holidays NOW.

Some of the questions he asks you to answer as you read the book are:

1. If you had a heart attack and could only work 2 hours a day, how would you make that work?
2. If you had a gun to your head and you had to remove all the time-consuming activities, what would you remove?

This is all to get you to think about doing only your most important tasks.

There are also some EXCELLENT ways to delegate – exactly how you train a virtual assistant, mistakes to avoid, etc.

In addition, there are tons of great ideas to be more productive and there are GREAT links to websites scattered throughout the book, some of which I have already used to do some research for my UK trip.

He gives you a step-by-step plan on how to make yourself indispensable at work so that you can start working remotely – brilliant idea, especially with the rising cost of fuel, concern for the carbon footprint, congestion, long commutes, etc.

I can go on and on and on but let me rather just say – get the book and read it.

It will change the way you think about work…and life!

Have any of you read The Four-Hour Work Week? What did you think?

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Tanya Middleton said...

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Heather said...

Well, I'm sold. If all it does is make me indispensable at work then it's worth it. I enjoy life, but always have that feeling that time is slipping away.
I'm going to read this book...sometimes we all need to be "re-inspired"

Marcia said...

Tanya, thanks for visiting.

Heather, I'm glad you're "sold" :) and inspired! I was interviewed by a journalist recently and I told her the one way to negotiate flextime and off-site working conditions is to make yourself indispensable, so you're on the right track!