I have just finished reading The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. At first, I wasn’t sure why I bought it, but I think it was because of all the interesting reviews, and because of the 4-hour workweek homepage. It was too many positive reviews, and the homepage was too darn creative for me to just sit back and not buy it.
But to be honest with you, the title was a little too much for me (at first) and that’s probably why I was skeptical. Working 4 hours a week, it seems way too little, even for the hot shots.
I like the way Timothy Ferris writes, I like his style. He is using quotes from famous authors at the beginning of every chapter, like this one from Mark Twain:
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
All the quotes makes you stop and think, before you actually start reading the chapter.
The book is different, it made me think about the way I do things and the way I live my life. Not the way The Last Lecture made me feel though.
I am not sure if I’ll be joining the new rich or travel across the globe with a Macbook Air on my lap. Don’t get me wrong, the book is really not about this, but if you have this dream, this book is definitely for you.
The book is really about how to achieve your dreams, by being different – by escaping the 9 to 5 life. And there are tons of tips regarding what to do.
For instance, I have tested one already. It might sound like an easy task, but I can assure you that it was not.
In order to become more effective and get more things done, I followed the advice about checking (and answering) e-mail at specific times starting with only two times a day, at 12 am and 2 pm and ending up doing it maybe just once every two days (that’s my goal).
It was really hard, because the first thing I wanted to do when I woke up in the morning (prior to reading this book) was to check my e-mail.
By the way, Timothy Ferris checks his e-mail once a week.
I am not sure if I’ll ever get to that point, but I can see why this is a good idea.
If you are in any doubt at all, The 4-hour workweek is a book I really recommend that you read.
Like me, your only goal might be to learn a few “techniques” about how to get more things done spending less time doing them.
That’s ok, because this book is all about those things as well.
PS. at the moment I am only reading my newspapers once a week. I collect them all every single day, and on sundays, I’ll read them all. I haven’t actually tested it yet, this sunday will be the first time.