I finally brought the book... The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss is one of the most highly recommended, sought after books for growing wealth, leading how to escape the 9-5, and becoming more efficient. The best Christmas gift ever, from my significant other is this book. I could tell this book was going to be awesome and I was not disappointed. I finished it in one day.
You have been missing out if you have never heard of this book. You can purchase it here:
A slight book overview:
1. Definition - this chapter is about defining what you think you know to be true, which is not.
2. Elimination - Time management hacks and the art of refusal
3. Automation - How to outsource everything so that it can be on autopilot (more time for your self)
4. Liberation - Disappearing and how to do this, mini retirements, mistakes of the rich
Here are some of the things I learnt/loved from the book:
1. Timothy Ferris is king of time management and there are a few key things he does in order to achieve this. One innovative way is to only check mail and phone calls at certain times. He has automatic replies saying when these times are making people leave efficient messages for him so that he can check them, when it suits him. He has automatic replies with FAQ's to answer questions that don't need time or resources to answer.
2. Emergencies aren't really emergencies. Timothy found that he could escape his life, travel the world without attending to his phone by making it known that he doesn't check it. This way, people would sort their own shit out without disturbing him, making his mini retirements far more relaxing.
3.He also doesn't work where he eats, sleeps, or relaxes. What this does is that it makes a distinct difference as to what a locations purpose is, making it easier to escape from work.
4. If someone else can do it, they should. Out sourcing is KING!!! Timothy likes to delegate or have manageable tasks that someone else can handle, the chance to do so. He found that many of his employees were disturbing him for small things like, a customer isn't happy what should I do? questions. He devised a plan and let his staff know that if they can make the customer happy for less than $100 to do so and not to seek approval. This decreased time wasted grating approval and he actually found that his staff only used around $20 to make the customer happy, increasing customer satisfaction and decreasing Timothy's workload significantly.
Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment and ask a question.
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He also has a blog: