I was recently listening to an episode of the podcast, “The Power of Pause”, where author, neuroscientist, and TED speaker, Dr. Tim Ferriss discussed his book, “The Four Hour Work Week”. We discussed the book and how it relates to the concept of our “four hour work week”. Dr. Ferriss said that the title, “The Four Hour Work Week” is a reference to the four hours needed to complete a typical day.
I think that’s where we get the idea of the “four hours” from. You can pretty much guess what Dr. Ferriss means by the title of his book. Tim Ferriss is a highly-rated, highly-practicing neuroscientist and author of a book, The Four Hour Work Week. He is also a musician and a yoga instructor. He doesn’t work a “four hour” job.
Actually, the title of his book is actually “The Work Week” and not “The Four Hour Work Week.” But the “Four Hour Work Week” is more along the lines of the four hours we usually work per day. So he’s describing the work week as a period of four hours of uninterrupted sitting.
It sounds like Ferriss is talking about the workweek. This means that he has been talking about his work week for quite some time, and it will be interesting to see how he manages to give it a proper name. He has done an excellent job of talking about his work week.
I think his point about the work week is great, but I think the problem is that it conflates work with an entire work week. When you go to work, you don’t work. You take off all the time for the day and then spend all that time sitting in a chair. That is no work. No work week is a period of time in which you don’t work. Whether you work or not doesn’t matter. It’s just not the same.
I think the problem here is that the concept of a work week is itself a thing that is inherently difficult. Most people work on the assumption that it is a period of time that is done for the sake of the individual. But the reality of the work week is that it is a thing that is done for the sake of the company. So what most people don’t realize is that their work week is actually a period of time that is done for the sake of the company.
This is why it is so important to have a work-life balance. If you are able to take time for yourself then you are more likely to be able to take time to give back to the company.
What’s so great is that even if you work from home, you can still have a career. Sure, you might not have the opportunity to go on a retreat, but you can still go on a retreat. So, yes, it’s a sacrifice, but again, it is a sacrifice so that you can make a contribution to the company and to society.
I love where this is going. The idea of having a portable life is one of the most important things I have heard. I am so excited to see what comes from this.
If you are working from home, you can give something back to the company. Some of the best companies in the world do this. For example, Microsoft’s new company, Zappos, has a program that gives employees a monthly allowance of $150. For each dollar they spend on a single purchase, they can choose to give a $1.50 donation to a charity of their choice, but they are also required to donate to a charity if they don’t.