I have a challenge for you today! Do ALL of your work in 4 hours.
No this isn't some sexy Tim Ferris 4 hour work week thing. This is about a story that I heard recently and a personal experience.
Each month John Lee Dumas and Kate Erickson record a podcast where they discuss their monthly income, lessons learned and other interesting stats about their business.
In the episode that I heard John discussed how he was able to get ALL of his work done in just half the time he normally allots.
Have you heard Parkinson's law: "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion" ?
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Well, the only time that this may not be true is when it comes to traffic. Traffic seems to be the one thing that always causes time to slow down against our will.
So John and Kate were traveling, living the digital nomad life, and still needed to work. They were going to be in one place for 30 days and while they knew that they needed to work they also wanted to have fun.
How does one do that?
The obvious choice is reduce the workload but that wasn't a real option for John. So he just decided to be more efficient. He told himself that he didn't have time for his usual distractions and only had 4 hours to do the work.
That dude got more work done in those half days than he normally did in a full day.
Be like John.
But it isn't just that simple?
Yes, it really is.
So if you don't believe me check the results of this study. We American in particular believe that the more hours we work, the more work that we will get done.
It just isn't true.
If you work over 50 hours a week, your productivity falls sharply. How sharply does productivity fall? Well, to quote CNBC, it falls off a cliff.
Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours—so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published last year by John Pencavel of Stanford University. ~source
So maybe Tim Ferris has the right idea after all. While I don't personally know anyone that works only a 4 Hour Work Week, I know that my workday has reduced.
Guest What! With a reduced workday, I am producing more.
Isn't life really just a mental game in the first place? When I worked a corporate job, back in the day, the weeks moved so crazy slowly. Can you feel me on this?
Mondays sucked but Tuesday blew. I would tell myself that if I could just get thru Tuesday that the week was seriously over. The biggest struggle was getting myself to that office on Tuesday mornings. All of my focus would be on Tuesdays no matter the day of the week.
This silly mental game worked for me. It makes no sense, so I don't even recommend trying it. The truth here though is that our brain is powerful but also perhaps a bit dumb. It will play along with whatever we tell it.
Perhaps we really do create our own reality?
So let me ask you again, why are you so busy? I challenge you to do all of your work in half the time that you normally allow.
The only real question is can you trick your brain into believing that is all of the time that you have?