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9 Lessons that every blogger should learn from 4 hour work week

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9 Lessons that every blogger should learn from 4 hour work week

4 hour work week is one of those books which motivated me to blog. It is one of the best books for time and resource management. Tim Ferris shares all his tips and tricks which he has learnt from his own experience and which he has tried and tested himself. Do not read the book if you are happy with your 9 to 5 job. This book is how Timothy Ferris went from $40000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40000 per month and 4 hours per week. Following are the 9 lessons which I believe should be learnt from the book. They are good for everyone but they are especially useful for bloggers. Also Blogging is one of the only few professions where you can practice 4 hour work week to great extent.

 

Lesson 1: Believe that it is possible to have 4-hour work week

The first time I read the cover, I was thinking it was a scam. I did not believe that any one can even earn basic living by working 4 hour a week. But after reading all the examples Tim Ferris provides including his own, I am of an opinion that it seems possible. In fact, I have made it one of my life goals as well. Blogging is a profession which gives you freedom to work in flexible time. This 4 hour work week is especially true for bloggers in a long run.

 

Lesson 2: Behave like “New Rich” category of people

He calls his type of people as New Rich who make money, chase dreams, distribute retirements as mini-retirements sort of adventures throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites them is their goal. Bloggers should do this as they are usually free to choose their working time. Also bloggers once they establish their blogs have lot of free time to pursue their passion.

 

Lesson 3: Have a sense of direction as to where you are going

Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”

Alice: “I don’t much care where….”

Cat: “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go”

Tim Ferris shows in above conversation from Alice in Wonderland the importance of directions or goals in our lives. All the bloggers should have a sense of direction, their future plans, few targets, plans to achieve the targets and future long term goals.

 

 Lesson 4: Pareto’s 80/20 Rule

Vilfred Pareto’s law can be summarized as follows:

80% of the consequences come from 20% of the causes.

80% of the results come from 20% of time and effort.

80% of the company profits come from 20% of the products and customer.

This suggests we should identify those important 20% and focus our more attention on them. For bloggers also, more effort should be made in more productive things. We should not only keep writing on and on. We have to give more emphasis on marketing as well.

 

Lesson 5: Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. A task can be done in 24 hours also and one week also. In second case, you will make a mountain out of a molehill for the first six days.

Limit tasks to the importance to shorten work time and shorten the work time to limit tasks to the important. Bloggers usually do not have any deadline. So they take lots and lots of time for a content which could had been done in few hours. We should avoid that and keep strict deadlines for all the tasks we do. This is very crucial to have 4 hour work week.

 

Lesson 6: Outsourcing

Outsource all the redundant tasks as well the tasks which free you to focus on more important tasks. There are various freelance services as well as Virtual Assistant service providers. Although they are costly, it depends how costly is your time!

For bloggers, writing few related articles or Email marketing or Social Media marketing can be outsourced to an external agency depending on budget and time constraints of the blogger.

 

Lesson 7: Act of disappearance

As Robert Frost says: “By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.”

It is very important to learn the art of disappearance. Try for working from home for few days. Do not micromanage. If you have outsourced a task, trust them. You can cross verify them at times. Overworking daily on blogs for 8 to 10 hours would make blogging boring as 9 to 5 job itself. Hence learning the act of disappearance is helpful as well.

 

Lesson 8: Mini Retirements

For a person working about 50 weeks a year, travelling 5 countries in 2 weeks is like an unlimited food buffet party for a starving dog. It would eat itself to death. Tim Ferris suggests mini retirement for about one to six months before moving to home or another locale. Although many of us with daily jobs to not have the luxury of time like he has, he clearly provides enough examples and cases which prove that just like him, there are hundreds of other people living this lifestyle. Bloggers can usually take such breaks as their hands on presence is not required throughout the year. They can enjoy life with their mini retirements.

 

Lesson 9: References and case studies

Tim Ferris suggests lots of cool tools to be used during our day to day life for various activities in 4 hour work week.

He also mentions lots of websites where there would be relevant information for each of the lessons of the book. There would also be few selected blog articles and testimonials of various people who have been living his “New Rich” Lifestyle. These case studies serve as a source of great motivation. Most of them are online start-ups and blogs which bloggers can relate to.

 

Next Plan of Action

After learning these lessons, you should read the full book “The 4 hour work week”. The points I covered in the article are just the tip of iceberg compared to the entire book. It is an awesome book on lifestyle! After reading the book, you should start implementing these principles in your life and blog. Escape the 9-5, Live anywhere and join the new rich. Apart from above lessons, lots of cool tools and services are discussed which save a lot of time. You can buy the book by clicking on the link. I also happen to be an affiliate for Amazon Affiliates program. Do buy the book by clicking the links below if you find the article worth exploring in detail.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 (Indian viewers link for Amazon.in)

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 (US Viewers link for Amazon.com)

This book deserves a place in bookshelf of all bloggers and people wanting to escape typical 9 to 5.

By | 2017-04-16T09:03:46+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Blogging, Books for Bloggers, Motivational|31 Comments

About the Author:

Harshraj Jhala is a passionate blogger and has knowledge of digital marketing. In his past, he has done MBA and worked as a consultant as well. He writes on topics related to blogging and digital marketing.

31 Comments

  1. Elena March 10, 2017 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    A very helpful article, I am definitely going to follow all the rules

  2. Sheila Joy March 10, 2017 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    Wow, this is fascinating! I knew that blogging was a great way to escape the 9-5, but never even considered a 4 hour work week. I especially love the 80/20 rule!

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

  3. Pily Noriega March 10, 2017 at 10:17 PM - Reply

    Great post! Very useful for any new blogger (as me). I’ll try to use more the 80/20 Pareto Rule to be more efficient, and I haven’t thought about outsourcing but it’s a great idea to save time. Thanks for the advice!

  4. Rebekah March 10, 2017 at 10:37 PM - Reply

    Fascinating! Sounds very appealing although imagine it takes a lot of work to get to that point! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin March 12, 2017 at 8:59 PM - Reply

      Yes Rebekah, It takes lots and lots of work to reach there.Months and perhaps years to establish yourself. It is more like entrepreneurship except here, your workload keeps on gradually decreasing once you establish yourself. But it is possible!

  5. Jasmin N March 14, 2017 at 11:45 PM - Reply

    This was such a fun read! 4 hour work week sounds tempting, I should really ceck that book out 🙂
    Thank you for sharing these!

  6. namrata March 15, 2017 at 12:57 AM - Reply

    This article is great and so insightful. Thank you!

  7. Analesha March 15, 2017 at 5:45 AM - Reply

    Some intresting facts! I agree with outsourcing. Will try put some of these into place in my life too

  8. Prerna Garg March 15, 2017 at 6:02 AM - Reply

    I love each and every point you’ve mentioned in your post and the way you’ve explained them. Makes so much sense!

  9. Marleen March 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM - Reply

    Cool idea for a post. Blogging is a tough road and it would be awesome to make it a job. I would literally love nothing more, hopefully, if I keep working at it, it will come.

  10. sabine March 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM - Reply

    Wow , I have to give this book to my husband, for him to read this. This is so interesting <3

  11. Karoliina Kazi March 15, 2017 at 2:25 PM - Reply

    Fantastic article. I have heard lots about this book and I will definitely read it – this work/lifestyle would be a dream! Thanks for sharing the 11 lessons here, perfect little taster and leaves you wanting for more 🙂

  12. Katie March 15, 2017 at 8:36 PM - Reply

    GREAT tips! Thanks so much for providing all of this great info! – love the lessons.

  13. Sarah March 15, 2017 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    This is actually pretty awesome! All the points you made are well thought out and you writing in a very pleasing way. Great article xoxo

  14. Lisa March 15, 2017 at 9:52 PM - Reply

    Wow this is great! Ive never thought it could be like that. Thanks for sharing!
    xo-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

  15. the sofieyah diaries March 15, 2017 at 11:46 PM - Reply

    Definitely loving these tips!! Appreciate the honesty 🙂

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  16. Foirell Tyndale March 16, 2017 at 2:45 AM - Reply

    I am dipping in and out of reading the 4 hour work week and so far from what I have read its a really good book. This has definitely come in handy to consider too while I am on my blogging journey!

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

  17. Maria March 16, 2017 at 7:17 AM - Reply

    After 2 year of blogging and trying to do everything and learn everything I have finally decided to outsource some of the tasks. Now I wonder why I waited so long. This is a very informative post. Thank you.

  18. Amanda March 22, 2017 at 2:01 PM - Reply

    Great book filled with timeless truths! I love the main points you have covered here!

  19. Tinkara March 22, 2017 at 2:05 PM - Reply

    I love this book! I will definitely try to implement those things into my blogging! 🙂

    https://tinkaragolob.wordpress.com/

  20. Sharon March 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM - Reply

    Love love your summary and thanks so much for sharing. I agree with what you say and cant wait to implement some more of these principles.

  21. Akosua Evelyn's Blog March 22, 2017 at 2:35 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the insight.This article is very rich in content.keep up the good.

  22. Reshma Narasing March 22, 2017 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    I love the way you have reviewed giving the excerpts from the book. I can’t wait to buy the book. It has always been on my list and now I’m going to order

  23. lisa March 22, 2017 at 5:06 PM - Reply

    I should definitely read this! A 4 hour week would really be living the dream!

  24. Sonja March 22, 2017 at 8:37 PM - Reply

    Love his books! I am definitely going to follow all the rules!
    http://www.stylequest.se/

  25. Denise March 22, 2017 at 8:58 PM - Reply

    Id love a 4 hour work week. Lots of interesting tips that I can use for my blog, thank you for sharing.

  26. Nora March 22, 2017 at 11:29 PM - Reply

    That would be too amazing! I’d love to work 4 hours instead of my 54 hours (+blog) haha! Well, maybe I’ll read that book and start going toward to point of no-more 54 hours! 🙂

  27. Luisa March 23, 2017 at 1:39 AM - Reply

    Awesome article! I wish I could have a 4 hour work week instead of my 40+ hours then all the time I invest in my blog haha! I am definitely going to try implement some of these points into my life though.

  28. Margot | The Pastel Project March 23, 2017 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    I think I need that book!!

    Margot
    http://thepastelproject.com/

  29. Rachelanne_bee March 23, 2017 at 8:18 PM - Reply

    This looks like a really helpful book!

  30. Melissa March 24, 2017 at 5:42 AM - Reply

    Sounds like a very helpful book. I must add it to my “to-be-red” list for this year.

    – Melissa xx

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