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Double Your Productivity at Work with These Four Hour Workweek Tips

Updated on January 20, 2015

Author Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss' book 4 Hour Workweek will change your life
Tim Ferriss' book 4 Hour Workweek will change your life

Greatly Increase Your Productivity and Focus

Sick of the 9 to 5 life? Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Workweek will seduce you. The world according to Tim is a world of your own making. Say goodbye to your boss and start planning a series of "mini vacations" when you pick up this book. He's one smooth-talking salesman. His claims sound so good you're convinced that you can follow his lead and get your sluggish career on track. Heck, four hours is nothing. You'd be willing to work twice that long and even though you've never ventured past the Mexican border, you're thinking of ordering a margarita and hopping on your private jet this weekend. And then you start wondering if Tim Ferriss is for real.

Tim's Tips For Reducing Your Workload

1. Automate everything. Remove yourself as much as possible from unneccessary chores. Batch similar tasks instead of wasting time on "busy" work. Step back and think about ways you are wasting time at work. Could you eliminate or reduce hours spent in meetings that are non-productive? Could those meetings be deleted from yourday?

Read email once a week, not every ten minutes, like most of us do. Cut out the distraction so you can focus on what brings in the cash. Use an auto responder to acknowledge that you received the email. Let the sender know you are working toward increasing your workplace efficiency and only check email once per day or week.

Apply the same strategy with your bank accounts. Tim Ferriss says only check your bank accounts every other week. That might be fine for him but most of us like review our expenses daily. Set a goal to only check your since a week. Have utilities and expenses drafted directly from your bank account.

2 .Consider hiring a personal assistant for the minutae that consumes your time. Spell out exactly what you need done, give clear directions and get the hell out of the way. Ordering flowers for mom? Let the VA do it for you. You'll still get the credit for the sweet gesture but you don't need to spend your time calling around for two dozen roses when you've got a willing assistant. This will create less worry and stress for you, thus making you more productive.

Decide how much your time is worth. Calculate how much you earn per hour working and assign all tasks under that amount to others. While Tim Ferris's recommends outsourcing tasks, you do not have to use a virtual assistant in India to help you. Allowing a coworker or friend/family member to handle a dreaded task may be all that is required. Love to save but no. Time to cut coupons? You may have a Coupon Crazy friend who sleeps with her beloved scissors under her pillow who would love to help you organize your coupons and match them up with grocery store flyers.

3. Nine to five is arbitrary. Ferriss questions work for work's sake. Who says a work day should take exactly eight hours? If you are wasting five of those hours on nonsense emails and filler activities just to look busy you are using the wrong approach. Most of us have been conditioned to think of the 9 to 5 workday as completely acceptable. Why is that? Because that's what our parents and teachers have done and we must now pay our dues? Think again.

4. Get out of the office. Make a deal with your boss where you spend at least one day working at home or in the location of your choice. Get so much done on that day that your boss realizes that you don't need to be at your desk to be unbelievably productive. Then negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. Everything is negotiable.

There are some awesome ideas in this book. It is definitely worth your time to read this book. You will question the idea of "normal" workplace behavior. Do you need to be at a desk in a cubicle to be successful? Are you getting paid what you're worth? What are you worth? This book will cause you to question it all. It will get you motivated to take your life to the next level.

That's when it hits you. Even though there are lots of great tips in this book, once you've tucked it on your nightstand, the magic seems to fizzle. The world Tim Ferriss has created for himself is so far removed from the way most people liveYou pick the book up and are already imagining yourself with a drink in your hand, your laptop in front of you and a beefed-up bank account. Ferriss has traveled the world and so will you. The first time I picked this book up, I devoured it in a weekend at the beach. I was so entranced and ready to put his suggestions into action. I was an Ebay powerseller already and knew this was going to take me to the top. I've read this book cover to cover at least 10 times in the past few years.

Am I a millionaire? Not yet. I'm still selling the hottest jeans and fashions on Ebay. I sell several hundred dollars worth of clothing each month in my spare time but I no longer look to Ebay as my main source of income. For me, Ebay is one of my many sources of income. And damn it, Tim Ferriss is probably sitting on some remote island, sipping a cold one and smiling because he's sold another copy of his book.

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Make One Change at a Time to Improve Your Life

If you're not ready to flip your world upside down, you can still boost your productivity and improve your peace of mind by starting with just one change. As you go through the book, look for small tweaks that you can use to better yourself.

Could you check email less frequently?

Do you spend hours meeting with people but never accomplish much?

Could you talk your boss into letting you work from home on Fridays?

Tim's book is mind-blowing and I have recommended it over and over. His simple ideas have allowed me to accomplish more while cutting back on time spent at the office. I recommend you check it out today.

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    • heathersgreatcat profile image

      Heather Walton 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      You can! This book has definitely changed my life. I recommend it for anyone who is ready to make a change!!

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      vasmenon 5 years ago from India

      Interesting.....wish I could work 4 hours a week.....