Follow ‘4-Hour Workweek’ principles, be more productive

In 2007, Tim Ferriss published The 4-Hour Workweek, an immediate best-seller outlining simple ways to be more productive and the secret to how he dropped the 9-to-5 and joined the “new rich.”

A popular misconception of Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek (4HWW) is that it is limited to top CEOs or successful entrepreneurs. But, the productivity-focused principles he follows and writes about can be used in almost any type of organization, large or small.

Several businesses in the Colorado Springs area began training employees on 4HWW. The training has led bosses to put more trust in employees, improved client relationships and increased productivity.

Read what one Colorado Springs CEO had to say about implementing 4HWW training in The Gazette:

“We’ve removed many of the normally accepted distractions that detract from productivity,” he said. “It’s not so easy to just pop your head into someone’s office for a ‘quick’ question. You start to see the true cost of those little interruptions, and you modify your approach. Our efficiency has increased, so we have been able to take on more work without adding employees.”

Another public company in Silicon Valley reinforces Ferriss’ productivity principles by listing them on a large board in a high-visibility area. Simply put, the board reminds employees to:

  • Focus on quality over quantity.
  • Check email only at three designated times during the day.
  • Never send email on evenings or weekends.
  • Focus on one to three activities each day.
  • Minimize chat and avoid multitasking.
  • Leave the office by 5:30 p.m. everyday, no excuses.

While all of us may never make it to a true 4-hour workweek, the productivity and time-saving principles that built Ferriss’ success can also make an impact on your career. He invites every business to give it a try, “it just takes some lateral thinking and a willingness to test small.”


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