The 4 Hour Workweek: Wrapup

Through my other eight posts about The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, I’ve only covered about half the book. The rest of the book talks about various topics for getting down to a “four hour workweek:” Chapter 8: Becoming comfortable with outsourcing – whether parts of projects or even as a personal assistant. Each […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: More efficient communication

One of the biggest things I’ve been learning from The 4 Hour Workweek is how to cut down on the volume of email by limiting back-and-forth situations. Here are just a few tips that I’ve come up with: Offer specific choices. Setting up an essential meeting: Instead of “what works for you,” ask “would 1 […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Empowerment Failure

The last interruption that Tim Ferriss discusses in Chapter 4 of The 4 Hour Workweek is an empowerment failure — an interruption of your work that occurs because you have to wait on approval from someone else. Examples: You’re trying to wrap up a customer support issue but your boss needs to approve the full […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Batching

Continuing on with The 4 Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss had some great ideas about how to combat time consumers, or repetitive tasks that need to be done that get in the way of “higher level” things. I think of these as “maintenance tasks” — things like responding to email and phone calls, handling customer service, […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Stop Wasting Time

In Chapter 4 of The 4 Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss talks about three interruptions that keep us from completing a task from start to finish and how to combat them: Time wasters – Emails, phone calls, discussions, and meetings that are not important. Time consumers – Repetitive tasks/requests that need to be done but that […]

Weekly Update: Feeling great

Great week! Health/fitness: Weigh myself daily – :) Walk 30 minutes every day – :D This is turning into a general “exercise daily” goal. I’ve walked, biked errands, or gone to the gym every day this week. Keep track of blood sugar and diet – :) Work: Complete 3/6 small biz client projects – :D […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Information Dieting

In a brief Chapter 6 of The 4 Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss encourages a low-information diet. He himself doesn’t watch the news or read the paper, and limits his industry/work-related reading significantly. If that sounds extreme to you, or even irresponsible, I’d suggest skimming this chapter before throwing his ideas out the window; personally, I […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Questions and Actions about Time Management

At the end of chapter 5 (The End of Time Management) of The 4 Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss provides a list of Questions and Actions to help you define 1) a short to-do list and 2) a not-to-do list. Some of these questions and suggestions help to shed some light on what applying the 80/20 […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: Set short deadlines

Another principle discussed in chapter 5 (The End of Time Management) of The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is Parkinson’s Law: A task will fill up the time allotted for its completion. Tim puts it this way: If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus […]

The 4 Hour Workweek: 80/20 Analysis

One of the applications from The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is to do a regular 80/20 analysis (Chapter 5: The End of Time Management). According to Pareto’s principle, 80% of results come from 20% of the efforts. In business-speak, 80% of your income comes from 20% of your clients. The ratio can vary […]

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