A Year After Reading The 4-Hour Workweek

A Year After Reading The 4-Hour Workweek

In the Beginning…

I was full of excitement after reading T4HWW and I made some immediate changes to my life.  These changes included:

1.     The Low Information Diet – I reduced the amount of print and television media I was bringing into my life.  Previously, I read three newspapers daily and watched the evening news.  That’s a lot of time spent on subject matter that I can’t control and that was putting me into a bad mood.

2.     Batching – I looked to “batch” any chores or responsibilities.  This is completing like tasks at the same time, therefore your brain doesn’t have to transition into new patterns for every job.  If you stay focused on similar tasks and not try to multi-task, you’ll actually get the work done quicker.

3.     Controlling Email – I also limited the times I would accept knew emails into my inbox.  I set a rule of turning on my email filter from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. everyday.  I never felt so productive in my work days.

My business partner liked the batching and email ideas and eventually bought into them.  We talked frequently about how to tweak these new hacks that we learned to make our lives more efficient.  My work life took on a new level of fun.

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Lifestyle Design Update #3 – the Good and the Bad.  No Ugly.

Lifestyle Design Update #3 – the Good and the Bad.  No Ugly.

In mid-March, I wrote about testing some concepts of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek.  I’d experimented with some of them for one week and wanted to share what I had found.  The article was full of optimism and excitement. 

A month later, I filed another blog post giving a second update.  Additional optimism peppered the article although I gave a small mention to “those who mock.” 

It’s been more than two months since I started working with some of the concepts that Ferriss proposed in his groundbreaking book.  It’s been a great experiment and has added value to my life.  While this update is going to continue the thread of optimism, there will be some additional caveats thrown in.

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For the Boomers - Did Travis McGee Have It Right All Along?

For the Boomers - Did Travis McGee Have It Right All Along?

My dad turned me on to Travis McGee when I was in the army.  This was probably natural since he discovered McGee while he was in the navy during the Viet Nam war.   

Author John D. MacDonald’s most famous character, Travis McGee, resided in Ft. Lauderdale on a houseboat aptly named the Busted Flush which he won in a poker game.  McGee called himself a “salvage consultant” wherein he recovered stolen or swindled items for a victim, keeping half of the recovered item’s value for himself.  In the purest sense, he was an entrepreneur, working for himself and taking only the clients he wanted.

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The 4HWW Update – 4 Weeks into the Mission

The 4HWW Update – 4 Weeks into the Mission

It’s been four weeks since I first listened to and then read Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek.  Since I detailed my results after the first seven days, I figured an update after a month might be in order.

The Low Information Diet

Previously, I woke up early every morning to read three newspapers (The Spokesman-Review, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington-Post).  I would then watch the PBS Newshour at night with an extra helping of Washington Week on Friday evenings.  Ferriss recommended going on a one-week “low information diet” to cut out this noise in my life.

Its impact was immediate and so powerful that I’ve continued it.

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