A podcast by Timothy Ferriss re-iterated what I had already read once or twice in his book, the 4-Hour Workweek; we are living in an Overwork Epidemic; it’s almost wimpy not to work hundreds of hours in a week. isn’t it, even though we know it’s not SMART?
Just a few pointers for those of you who haven’t read the book yet. It’s about Lifestyle Design -v- Long Haul Career Planning where you work for 40 years with those ridiculous working hours and other strains on your personal life and maybe, just maybe, you get to retire on some sort of pension which will allow you to afford Spam and Jammy Dodgers. [That’s what I see pensioners putting in their baskets at the supermarket each week.]
Ferriss says “how about designing your working life so that you can have mini-retirements now?” How about surrendering the idea that there will come a time when you have enough, when you have done enough to deserve a break, a nirvana where you will have sufficient in the bank to support your lifestyle?
Listening to my clients, they’ve got it. They’ve understood, as have I at last, that even though we have the capacity for hard work, we may not choose to go on working that way in future and, in fact, that it isn’t a very sustainable way of life and not even the best way to manifest the results we seek. Clients want passive income as well as earned income. You’ve only got to be poorly for a couple of days to remember why Rich Dad’s Robert Kiyosaki advocates this.
Time is non-renewable. Every hour you spend today working towards a goal which keeps getting away from you means you are missing out on the opportunity to enjoy the life you want right now, you are subscribing to the Overwork Epidemic and to one of Lynne Twist’s Toxic Myths, the one that says There Is Never Enough.
Audit of your life and business and get the most important task done before lunch and take the afternoon off! I will if you will. Call time. Appreciate what you have now. What are you chasing? Why?
Slow down…there really is no rush if you love what you do every day. And there is plenty of time if you design your life to make that your truth.
Tim’s tools include operating a mix of the 80/20 rule and Parkinson’s Law (where work expands to fill the time available) and theorises that we only work 40 hours (you wish!) a week because that’s what everyone else does.
In fact, he says he wanted to call his book the 2-Hour Workweek but his publisher said 4 hours was more believable. I bet there are many reading this now in disbelief; two hours, four hours, it barely makes any difference, so far away is that from your everyday reality.
As a reformed workaholic, I know there is an easier way and it may involve considerably less perfectionism and ego. Tim’s route is to sell products online, your own or someone else’s. And the rest is automated to produce the monthly income you want now and for the rest of your life, to live a life you have designed.
If you begin immediately to work only with the twenty percent of your clients who bring in the most money, check email twice a day only (your goal here is one hour a week on Monday mornings), quantify the value of your time and outsource the chores in your life, you too could be working a 4-Hour Workweek.
- Your desired output requires what input from you?
- What’s important to you?
- What proportion of your action produces the results you want?