How I applied the 4-hour workweek principles for the last 2 months. Part 1.

You know how I’ve only blogged one or two posts for the last couple of months? I blame it on Timothy Ferris! Yeah, that’s right, he’s the only responsible for my slacking off blogging lately. So if you’re discontent with Hack The Day’s summer/autumn vacation, stop sending me hate mail – Timothy Ferris is the one to blame.

Who is Tim? You haven’t heard of him? What kind of world do you live in? He’s the one who took over the blogging world and the publishing world alike, by writing a best seller book about business and lifestyle – The 4-Hour Workweek(I’ll call it 4HWW from now on). The book which inspired me to make a series of life changes, all successful so far. Letting go of blogging for a while is just only one of the many.

But I’ll take it slowly:
I heard about the book from the author’s blog, where I read some articles detailing the main ideas of it: outsource as much as you can, de-clutter as much as you can; never buy what you can borrow, never waste time when someone else can do it for you.

This was the first task I let others do on my behalf : on my personal (Romanian language) blog, I wrote a post asking my readers to help me to:
Get a free pdf version of the 4HWW book and get a free ebook version of Harry Potter 7 (ok, this one is unrelated to the article, but still a good example). Less than 6 hours afterwards, a reader sent me the Harry Potter book; another 18 hours and I got the 4HWW book as well. So.. the experiment was already becoming successful: don’t waste time looking for stuff: first ask for it. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m eternally grateful to my reader friend who sent the books. Something that would have taken me many hours with an uncertain outcome took him, I’m sure, less than a couple of minutes. He has my thanks, and I gained hours of productivity.

Also inspired by Tim was my second successful example of blog outsourcing: I was looking to buy a pair of Crocs shoes, and since I couldn’t seem to find them anywhere in town I again resorted to my readers’ help. In less than a day I got several tips, locations, best prices, as well as offers to have them bought and brought from Italy. What had taken me several days of unsuccessful research was solved by my readers for me. I am, again, more than grateful to them for their help, and to Tim for giving me the idea of outsourcing everything out of my area of expertise.

This was only the beginning, and many more followed: from asking readers tips about the ski resort I should spend my winter holidays, to asking friends and family for help in fields they are better skilled than me, to start using expert websites instead of Google to find the best information in the fields I’m interested in.

But outsourcing deals, tips, research and projects is not what 4HWW is about. After having read the book(I’m still looking for a paper-based version to buy, but couldn’t find any so far, and Amazon shipping is still too expensive in my country), I decided to go on and experiment with the second main idea of the book – de-cluttering your life. But since this article has already gotten too long, and the following risks to take a bit of time to write, I’ll just stop here for now, promising to continue next week. In the meantime, please take a while thinking what time-wasting chores you could ask others(more skilled than you) to do.


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