Utilizing Technology to Avoid the Work Place Slog, a book review

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book is most helpful to people who:
* Do a large variety of tasks on the computer
* Do not handle sensitive information, e.g. client financials
* Want to travel
* Not location-bound due to family, preference, or health
* Comfortable outsourcing tasks and decisions
* Want to spend more time on anything besides work
* Are willing to spend the upfront time to research their market, audience, technologies, and online marketing options for a specific niche

This book is less helpful to people who:
* Do direct, in-person, people-based jobs, e.g., nurse, teacher, health care worker, construction (can you covert your expertise into an online product?)
* Uncomfortable with technology
* Like the everyday nature and interactions of work

Whether you want to reduce work time or not, apply any of Ferriss’ savvy work tips on training your co-workers and customers about your availability, reducing emails, and conducting focused, intentional meetings. A big takeaway is the idea that the traditional workplace paradigm can be shifted to increase efficiency and use available technology. Uncomfortable, unpopular, mind-blowing…and possible.

If the government would apply these principles, taxpayers would save so much money!



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