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Book Review: “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss

At Rhubarb & Rubbish, we are continually reading and reviewing books that peak our interests. Our mission is to cultivate an intentional life, right? Meaning we take out the fluff and junk to focus on our values and what is most important to us. This book offers advice on how to take your business or career into something that will give you the time for what is important to you…whatever that may be.

Although the author focuses on how the principles allowed him to travel extensively, the principles work for anything. It can be used to have more time for family, hobbies, leisure and more. For myself, I am always looking to streamline my business and make it more efficient, but more so I have found that time with my family and hobbies is needed and something we are all missing in these crazy times.

The author uses D.E.A.L. to carry out making these changes.

  • D=Definition
  • E=Elimination
  • A=Automation
  • L=Liberation

He walks you through each step. It’s about being effective versus efficient, defining what to do and what not to do. It’s amazing that only 20% of what we do produces results. That means 80% of our time is wasted doing who knows what!

Through questions and a review of your daily tasks, you define what is working and what isn’t. You eliminate the tasks that are not producing results and focus on the 20% that do produce. He walks you through how to automate a lot of what you do…taking control of your time and energy.

There were so many things that didn’t even cross my mind to consider doing since I have always done things one way. My checklist of what not to do started to grow and my checklist list of what to do seemed manageable for the first time in years. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to make their business and life the most it can be.

Lastly, this is a book that needs to sit next to your morning devotional or in your chair in the evening. It is a book to continually read a page or two each day to keep you on track until it is a habit that you won’t turn back on! Good luck and here’s to a whole new way of doing life and work.

Contributed by Jessica Clemens

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