4 Hour Work Week & Personal Experience

  • Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity. PE: Your manager’s concern is the quality of work, not how you do it. Even, if you’re spending long hours, losing your sleep, not able to talk to your family, and have a shit work-life balance. It’s your job to stand up and think about your personal productivity and happiness.
  • If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. PE: Now read that again and come back. You’re insecure about how other people are doing a better job than you, how the manager favors him more or the girl you like likes someone else more. Guess what everyone, everyone is insecure in life. You are better than you think. It’s normal to feel underconfident or shitty sometimes. I am too feeling that right now but we are better than this and will overcome this today.
  • Pareto’s Law: 80% of results come out of 20% of the effort. It can be applied to 1. 80% of company profits come from 20% of products and customers. 2. 80% of all stock market gains are realized by 20% of the investors and 20% of an individual portfolio. PE: 80% of my happiness in life came from 20% of the things I did. For me that 20% was dancing, going for a run, talking to my girlfriend.
  • PE: Only when we are more aware of our surrounding we can be more rich and happy. For example: Measure and see which of your friends make you happy and which ones make you shitty about yourself. 80% of happiness comes from 20% of friends. So remember not to give the other 80% of friends a lot of time if you want to be happy.
  • Slow down and remember this: Most things makes no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness — lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. It’s easy to get caught in a flood of minutiae, and the key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually a lack of priorities. Take time to stop and smell the roses, or -in this case — to count the pea pods. PE: I use to work 8 AM to 8 PM for 6months straight and felt that I was doing great at my job. After some time, I starting giving 6 AM-9 AM for reading, writing, and meditation. 9 AM-5 PM was dedicated to my work. I started prioritizing work before I started my day —I started using 1–3–5 time framework where I made 1 important task, 3 medium tasks, and 5 small tasks I need to complete, and once they were done even if it's at 3 PM, I use to stop working and focus on my personal things then. I had a personal incentive to work more efficiently and not to get distracted. With the extra time I spent more time with my mother, I exercised more and read.
  • Parkinson’s Law: That a task will swell in importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. It is the magic of an imminent deadline. If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces your focus on executions and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials. If I give you a week to complete the same task, it’s six days of making a mountain out of the molehill. If I give you two months, God forbid, it becomes a mental monster. The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitable of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.
  • Most important time management frameworks:
  1. Limit tasks to the important to shorter work time. (80/20).
  • Whenever upset or anxious, ask “why” at least 3 times and put the answers down on a paper. Describing the thoughts reduces their impact of 2 folds. First, it’s often the ambiguous nature of self-doubt that hurts most by writing it down we get clarity of thought. Second, recording these concerns seem to somehow remove them from your head. PE: Last time I did this exercise, I could understand that my anxiety at work was because of doing urgent work which people told me and I was doing less meaningful and important work. I wrote what important things do I think, I should do in the current week and I balanced the urgent and important work. My anxiety disappeared in 2 hours.
  • Striving for endless perfection rather than great or simply good enough, whether in your personal or professional life. Perfection is a good ideal and direction to have but recognize it for what it is; an impossible destination. For example; the ability to speak a foreign language with 95% accuracy will take 6 months but for 98% accuracy will take 20–30 years. Have a realistic set time for an activity and once you do that activity in that time, it’s okay to leave and move to the next task. Do not strive for perfection initially, learn how users for that activity respond to it, and then make changes.
  • Viewing one job, project, or product as the end-all and be-all of your existence. Any rut you get into is one you can get yourself out of. When you’re in doubt or overwhelmed take a break and 80/20 both business and personal activities.
  • Surround yourself with smiling, positive people who have absolutely nothing to do with your work. Happiness shared in form of friendships and love is happiness multiplied.
  • What is the one goal, if completed, that could change everything? *Stop reading and start thinking about the answer.*
  • What’s been your to-do list the longest? Start it first thing in the morning and don’t allow for interruptions or lunch until you finish.
  • Eat a high protein breakfast within 30 minutes of waking and go for a 10 to 20-minute walk outside afterward, ideally bouncing a tennis ball or handball. Basically, do something physical.




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