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Review : 4 Hour Work Week (4HWW)

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Having seen a few of my affiliate chums tweet and blog about Tim Ferriss’s life changing book 4 Hour Work Week (4HWW) I decided I would grab a copy to see what all the fuss was about.

First of all I recommend that if you’re going to grab the book then ensure that you get the updated version.  The picture to the left shows the cover of the updated version which is updated to 2009 and contains more up to date facts, case studies and explanations.

Firstly I’m not a book reader so it takes a special kind of book to have me reading cover to cover.  This book just sucked my mind in and introduced concepts that are useful from personal and business aspects of your life.  The book has a definite American slant but most recommendations can easily be translated to UK based services.

What’s the 4 Hour Work Week About?

4HWW is a lifestyle design book that deals with introducing automation into various aspects of your life to deliver that illusive commodity, time!  However free time with no purpose is just as bad as working your fingers to the bone 60hrs a week!  The book splits down how you should move from your current working practices to become one of the newly rich!

LOL, how the hell can I just give up my 9-5 office job to become a sky diving instructor in Iceland?

Tim explains about how to deal with your fears, how to put your doubts in to perspective and how to set yourself challenges and outline your goals and dreams.  The exercises in the book challenge your comfort zone and teach you some tricks for dealing with your working day.  The book focuses on the fact that the majority of people work all their life to retire and enjoy their life.  Often this means missing some fantastic opportunities or, as in my own mothers case, dying before reaching retirement and never reaping the rewards of your working life.

The book uses a 4 step process called D E A L which stands for:

Definition - This is the foundation of the lifestyle design and explains the flaws in our current life rules and introduces us to the newly riches set of rules and objectives.

Elimination - Explains how to weed out the clutter and influences that have a negative impact on your current life.  This includes the use of the 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) to determine what should stay and what should go!

Automation - This is the one that interests most people, how to make money with the minimum of effort!  Income automation appeals to everyone and the book provides case studies of this working in practice.

Liberation - The final step in the jigsaw is to create the free time that you need to explore your new lifestyle.  You’ve got a plan now for a mini retirement, can you still hold down you current full time job whilst being out of the country for 3 months?!  You sure can, you are now able to be fully functional regardless of location!

So the verdict!

I found the book a great and riveting read that had me nodding along to many of the questions that the book raises.  It enlightens your mind to the possibilities that are there for everyone, not just those who are business owners.  I’ve used the principles in the book to good effect already and seen improvements in my own business and lifestyle.  Don’t take my word for it though, grab yourself a copy and let me know what you think!

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Work Safely When Driving at 70mph!

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If you’re like me and spend a good portion of your day commuting to and from your main place of work you’ll realise what a waste of creative time this is.  My current daily commute is usually around an hour each way, mainly dull motorway driving.

I often sit at the wheel brainstorming new ideas with myself and considering my next plans on various other personal and work related projects.  I was looking for a way of better utlising this “dead” time and came across a website and associated applications to enable me to jot down my ideas without danger to myself or other road users!

An acquaintance mention the website and apps available from Evernote. Available in 2 flavours, Free and Premium, Evernote allows you to capture and store a myriad of media types including:

  • Text Notes
  • Audio Clips
  • Web Page Clips
  • Screenshots
  • Photos

Evernote will create searchable and taggable notes that you can let Evernote organise or you can take control over how and where your content is stored.

Ever been out shopping and spotted a bargain that you wanted to investigate when you get home?  Snap a picture with your phone camera, upload it to Evernote and look at it when you get back to your computer.  Had a car accident, grab as much information, including photos at the scene and uplaod it to Evernote whilst the facts are fresh in your mind.  Bought an expensive item and are rubbish at filing receipts?  Take a photograph and upload it to Evernote to your “Receipts” notebook, simple!  For more uses check out the examples under Infinitely Useful

By using the Blackberry Evernote App I can now record voice memos of ideas and thoughts as I’m driving to and from the office.  Then when I get 5 minutes at the computer I can listen back, tag accordingly and action as necessary! Starting and stopping a recording is no different to change the radio frequency in your car, hit a button to start recording and button to stop recording!

Comparison of account features:

Free Premium
Access to all versions of Evernote Yes Yes
Synchronization across platforms Yes Yes
Text recognition inside images Yes Yes
Note allowance Unlimited, upload 40MB/mo Unlimited, upload 500MB/mo
File synchronization Limited: images, audio, ink, PDF Any file type
Search within PDFs No Yes
Access to note history No Yes
Offline notebooks (iPhone/iPad/iPod) No Yes
Notebook sharing via Evernote Web Read only Allow read and edit
Max single note size 25MB 50MB
Support Standard Premium support
Security features Standard SSL encryption
Priority image recognition No Yes
Hide promotions No Yes
Cost Free $5/month or $45/year

Here is their promotional video:

So readers, have you used Evernote, how do you rate it? Want to recommend alternatives? Use the comments below to give me your feedback!

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