The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

In the last two months, I haven’t been very active on my blog (sigh of relief on your part, perhaps?). I spent most of September questioning my sanity (read: writing my dissertation) and most of October catching up with essays and clinical case reports. Fun times. I have, however, had time to listen to an audiobook on Audible which has changed my life.

Yes, it’s changed my life. A big sell, I know, but I promise you will not be disappointed. If you, like me, want a life that offers more free time, freedom to travel whenever you like and a reliable passive income streatm, this book is for you.

If you think it’s crazy to spend the best years of your life working 40+ hours per week for someone else, sacrificing your youth and good health and postponing all the things you’d rather be doing (scuba diving, anyone?), this book is DEFINITELY for you. You don’t have to be an entrepeneur, in fact this book gives detailed advice on how to achieve all of this whilst keeping your current job.

The book is called “The 4-Hour Work Week”, by Timothy Ferriss, and if you don’t already have an Audible account you can listen to it for FREE by clicking on this link and claiming your free trial membership: Audible Free Trial [Digital Membership] (affiliate link). Once you’ve got your trial membership you can claim your first audiobook for free. My advice is to listen to the whole book (I listen to audiobooks on my way too and from university and work), and then, if you think I was right about how life-changing the content is, go ahead and buy the print book:The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (affiliate link). Unless you don’t like audiobooks, in which case do it the other way round. Or something.

So, what has actually changed for me since I read this book? Here’s a brief breakdown:

  • I’ve started batching my tasks, so I check and respond to email on my laptop twice a day (I hardy ever check it on my phone now). This stops me from wasting time fishing around my inbox when there are really more important and urgent tasks to be done.
  • Every work day, I write a “to do” list with no more than 2 big tasks on it. First of all, this takes the overwhelm out of the equation and makes completing my tasks more realistic and more likely. Then I spend the first 2-3 hours of my day working on the most important job. I work out which is the most important by looking at each item on my to-do list and asking myself “if this is the only thing I get done today, will I be satisfied/feel productive?”. This is a game-changer. Spending focussed time working on one project first thing in the morning means that I’ve usually finished my entire to-do list by lunch time.
  • I’ve installed a blocker on Chrome to stop me from accessing Facebook and Twitter during my self-appointed work hour. This has saved hours of my time.
  • I’m currently brainstorming ideas of businesses that once set up, could run with only a couple of hours input from me. The dream: passive income.

That might all sound pretty boring to you, but for me it means that I can take 2 days off every week (this can be incredibly challenging for the self-employed entrepeneur) whilst still achieving the same work output. I’ve got more time to unwind and relax (important when finishing a 5-year Masters degree!) and most importantly I have a clear step-by-step plan to achieve my dreams and goals of having a passive income stream so that I can work as a chiropractor for the love of the job, not out of desperation for cash.

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Have you read or listened to the book? What are your thoughts? Post in the comments below 🙂

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