How to achieve a four-hour working week

November 25th, 2007 - 5:28 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 25 (ANI): A new book has claimed that answering your emails only once a day and keeping phone calls to a bare minimum can slash your working week to only four hours.

The claim comes from the writer of the book, The 4-hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss, a 30-year-old American who sells dietary supplements, reports the Telegraph.

In his book, Ferriss recommends a ruthless low-information diet discovered on such tenets as conducting business by the old-fashioned medium of the telephone and ending multi-tasking.

He highlights his strategy under the acronym Deal.

In his book, the first stage is definition of the new rules of work. The second stage comes elimination - a ruthless policy of ditching clients and activities, including most online distractions, emails and phone calls, which eat up the unproductive 80 per cent of work time, and knowing when to say no.

The third stage, especially if you are the boss, is automation, or outsourcing life. The key to this process is learning to delegate responsibilities to virtual assistants through companies based in India and the Philippines that specialise in handling executive work online.

He said that virtual assistants could do everything from researching rival businesses to making travel arrangements to ordering rubbish bins for the home, for prices ranging from 4 dollars to 14 dollars an hour.

The last step is liberation - escaping the office and using the newly discovered spare time for a mobile lifestyle, or mini-retirement breaks.

Ferriss is aware that for employees, rather than entrepreneurs, trying to put in fewer hours could be a recipe for redundancy. He said for them the key is to liberate themselves from the office environment.

The Princeton graduates book has topped both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists, proving an easy sell to Americans, who work an average 42.8 hours a week - compared to 41.7 in Japan and 39.5 in Britain - and have only two weeks’ holiday a year.
The book will be published in Britain next year. (ANI)

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