The Four Hour Work Week is Impossible
& Personal Finance Links
“Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. Work is not all of life. Your co-workers shouldn’t be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting. Never tell yourself “I’ll just get it done this weekend.” Review Parkinson’s Law in 4HWWand force yourself to cram within tight hours so your per-hour productivity doesn’t fall through the floor. Focus, get the critical few done, and get out. E-mailing all weekend is no way to spend the little time you have on this planet. —
It’s hip to focus on getting things done, but it’s only possible once we remove the constant static and distraction. If you have trouble deciding what to do, just focus on not doing. Different means, same end.” From the Not To Do List at Tim Ferris; 9 Habits to Stop Now, by author of the 4 Hour Work Week
I read the book The 4 Hour Work Weekseveral years ago, and have been thinking about it ever since; not because I think it’s a great book, but because I think the title is hyperbolic and the premise is impossible. That said, I enjoyed reading the book as well as checking out Ferris’ website. In the highlighted quote, it’s a no brainer to focus on the tasks that bring the most benefit in your life. And why not enjoy life in your leisure time? But can’t work be fun too?
Who is Doing the Housekeeping?
Ferris’ ideas leave out some important realities. Who is going to do the dishes and the laundry? Who is going to pay the bills, tidy up the mess, and scoop the cat litter?
Life is consumed with housekeeping chores. These small chores, whether at work or at home are unavoidable. Many cannot be outsourced. I’d love someone to brush my teeth and wash my face every night. I wouldn’t mind someone washing my hair and styling it every few days. Is there someone out there who will run to the store for a few apples and a container of milk? Well, yes there is, but it will take almost as much time to line up the help as it will to run in and make the purchase.
At work, I need to organize my files. As a portfolio manager, I must update the investments in my portfolio. As a finance professor, no one is going to prepare the PowerPoint slides for me or grade the assignments. Those duties must be performed so I am ready to teach the class.
Not only do I think the 4 hour work week is absolutely impossible, I’d be hard pressed to get all my work done in a 4 hour work day. What about you?
How about kicking back and reading some great articles from across the web?
Barb Recommends Personal Finance Reading
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The Money Fix winner: How I bought my first house
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Barb Friedberg Across the Blogosphere
- Cavalcade of Risk Carnival at Wealth Builder
- Totally Money Blog Carnival, Editor’s Pick at Family Money Values
- Carnival of Personal Finance at Money Q & A
- Rambling Fever linked to my Pareto Principle article
- Self Directed Investing for Retirement Carnival at Arbor Financial
- Wise Bread linked to my Collaborative Consumption article
IS THE 4 HOUR WORK WEEK POSSIBLE?
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