The 4 hour work week?!

Yes, I do mean hours… I just heard a brilliant podcast from this year’s SXSW interactive festival by a guy called Tim Ferriss, talking about how to maximise on fun and minimise on work. Now I don’t necessarily buy the whole 4 hour work week, I don’t think I even want it, but there is so much to be gleened from his talk that could help you reconfigure your approach to managing work (and play for that matter). He talks about only checking your email twice a day so as to save time and get more work done – the more I think about this, the more it makes sense; but trying to put it into practice I realise how much more organised I’d need to be to make it work.

It’s really interesting to consider though, how many times you go to check your email just out of boredom over the task you should be doing… and the amount of time then wasted all round. Some of his points just won’t work unless you’re the CEO of a company, and there’s some questionnable approaches to outsourcing work to MBA’s in India (more on his response to my question about that coming soon…) but aside from this it is well worth the listen: check it out, and please, share what you think by commenting on this blog.

SXSW 2007 logo The 4-Hour Workweek: Secrets of Doing More with Less in a Digital World

South By South West is an interactive, film and music festival that takes place in Texas every year.

If you want to read more inspirational words about time management and work ethic check out another article I posted about titled The Four Day Week Challenge here