A 4-Hour Work Week?


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While browsing a local bookstore, I came across a book called The 4-Hour Work Week. I was, of course, curious about the premise; so, I gave it a look through.

The book is all about trying to do the same work you do in a 40 hour week in as little time as possible so that you can have more time to yourself. The biggest point he makes is to try to get yourself out of being expected to be in one place from 9-5 Monday through Friday. If your job involves having to be in an office all week, you have no hope of cutting down your work week.

The key, really, is to get employers to recognize that a 40 hour week is a disincentive to productivity. Get your employer to reward your hard work by letting you work from outside the office. That frees you to get the same amount of work done that you do in 40 hours at a faster pace and thereby gives you more free time.

He then goes into your basic work smart, not hard lecture. With the most important point being to recognize the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. You can do something efficient, like organizing your email; but, have you done something effective? Are you getting your job done, or keeping yourself busy?

I'm still reflecting on the book. More on it if I think of anything.