Yes. It’s really possible.
Last week I decided to track the time I actually spent “working” at the computer in my office. The results surprised me, enough so that it felt like writing this article made sense to do.
Yes. I also read the book by Tim Ferriss several years ago.
No. That wasn’t the reason for the season, though it was a great read.
Most people think of being financially independent as this fantasy where you buy all these expensive things and never work at all – which would almost certainly lead to a mind-bogglingly unfulfilling life. But the reality is, for everyone I’ve ever met who is in this period of life, the state just means a freedom many will never know.
That could be as simple as spending 2 hours on Tuesday at the coffee shop or eating lunch at school with your 6 year old, or as complicated as travelling around the world all year without stopping to touch home base. The point isn’t what you do with that time, it’s that you have it. You have earned it. It is a type of freedom that is hard to explain from a value standpoint until you experience it.
Early retirement has nothing to do with this.
I know the “FIRE” movement is all the rage online, but as previously stated I think many people drastically overvalue the “RE” part of it. Some devotees have rightfully questioned how they will fil their days once the goal is met, but many operate with such tunnel vision or vivid dreams that the reality of it all never hits home.
So what does a real “4 hour” workweek actually look like?
I’m glad you asked, and though it certainly does make for a catchy title – I didn’t hit the nail exactly, and that’s fine with me. Many of my weeks in life are similar to this, less time in the office – on purpose. It’s not that I hate working, quite the contrary… I truly enjoy winning in the marketplace in any and all aspects. What I’m not a huge fan of is the clerical side of things, actually sitting down at the computer and typing/emailing/etc. A much happier place for me is moving about the world using my trusty iPhone for communication and work purposes while experiencing life to the fullest and trying to make things happen. Sitting at a desk feels like working with the vehicle in “Park”, I prefer the feeling of working in “Drive”.
Since I didn’t set out to work for any specific amount of time, the Monday-Friday split isn’t exactly 4 hours and it also is not detailed in any granular way. Instead, this is just what was necessary to keep the ball rolling so to speak, and here it is day by day.
Monday – I never stepped foot in my office, 0 hours 0 minutes.
Tuesday – A staggering 45 minutes logged in between 9:15 and 10 a.m.
Wednesday – Another long day in the chair, 55 minutes from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m.
Thursday – This was a solid 25 minute day, much to do out and about so the only office time was 9:15 to 9:40 a.m.
Friday – This day had a rush on several deals, so it required more time in the chair than planned. From 3:15 to 4:30, or for the sake of clarity 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Saturday & Sunday required no office time, but I usually don’t mind spending any time on the weekend in here as needed. In totality, I logged 3.33 hours in the chair, which was plenty to get the job done. That doesn’t mean I didn’t make calls in route from place to place or have business lunches/meetings in person, but to be completely honest absolutely none of that feels like work to me. Since it’s my life and all, I’ll choose to call it living instead of work – since it is after all done by choice.
So in summary, the 4 hour work week can be achieved as part of a very productive business and enjoyable home life. At least that has been the case so far for me. As always, YMMV, but this time is the only thing we are limited to on this earth…. So enjoy it friends.
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