JIM’S REVIEW OF THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK BY TIM FERRISS
The book Jim recommends most often
The 4-Hour Workweek
Note: I originally wrote this review on my blog in January 2009. Read until the end to see my update.
So is this just another “get rich quick and retire” book that over-promises? No.
While it bills itself as a step-by-step guide to “luxury lifestyle design,” here is why you need to read this book. I found that it actually covers several different topics individually, and you are free to pick and choose the ones you want independently. For example:
– Quitting the workforce
– Managing E-mail
– Virtual assistants
– Starting an internet business to make passive income
So again, if you’re sick of your job and you want to live in Buenos Aires and get a check for doing nothing every month, Tim steers you in the right direction. This could be your bible. But this is also a great read to pick up simple workday efficiency tips like batching your email. The example he gives is that you don’t do your laundry every single day after one of your shirts get dirty. It would be silly. There’s too much startup time to go to the basement, run the washer, add the soap, clean the shirt, take it out, put it in the dryer, etc.
So instead you put it all in a bundle and do it once a week. He argues it’s the same thing for a project you’re working on. If you’re in the middle of a budget spreadsheet and try to multi-task by tabbing over to answer a quick email or pick up the phone, when you go back to the spreadsheet there’s a huge startup time to ramp back up again. I highly recommend it.
It’s been 3 full years since I read this book, and what can I say, it has been a life changer. It is by far the #1 book that I recommend to people. While I am not necessarily working only 4 hours a week, I implemented many of the projects he suggested, and it not only yielded a book deal, but allowed me to be prepared when I lost my job.
Furthermore, once I was able to work from anywhere, I actually followed his exact advice and booked a trip to Buenos Aires. Checking email, working on blog posts, approving designs via Skype, and doing consulting by day? Check. Drinking Malbec wine, eating amazing steak, and taking Tango lessons by night? Done. Truly a life-changer and worth checking out.