Pausing to read The 4-Hour Work Week

Church building at cemetery grounds

I ran into a disagreement, a stumbling block, but made a decision.

 

One of my uncles called me out a week ago Wednesday for posting to our Facebook business page at a level above what he felt was my comprehension.  I guess I was insulted, but maybe what he was getting at was true–I decided to make good on the advice and to straighten out what I’m doing on Facebook–https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited

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Louth United Church, St. Catharines

Being a very small page on Facebook is a hard bargain–to be competitive requires strong content, and there isn’t a lot of money to spend to drive it.

 

So, in the several days, I revisited The 4-Hour Work Week for the third time.

 

It’s a 2007 book by Timothy Ferriss that is a how-to on putting together a life of travel and wealth, particularly in light of opportunities afforded by the Internet.  This is about getting past the need for a fulltime job.

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I realize 2007 is a long time ago, but some advice in the book holds true, and it is an inspiring read if you the reader are reflecting on what you’re doing in the course of your career that might be unsatisfying for you.

 

I was holding down a job the second half of 2007, which is when I was feeling comfortable but uninspired.  4-Hour Work Week author Timothy Ferriss recounts how he never could keep a job, although he is well-known for doing all kinds of amazing activities, including writing the bestselling book that I read again these past two weeks.

 

Admittedly, I am comfortable volunteering at the cemetery which puts a few dollars in my pocket, owing to its continued interest by visitors who have loved ones resting there and who find the tendered grounds a suitable destination for introspection and solace.

 

However, I did again to my delight find 4-Hour Work Week an impassioned read.

 

Ferriss argues for the importance of the spirit of independence.  This is instead of job security, Ferriss arguing that work for the sake of work is a pointless grind and that you would be better traveling across the world.  That, he affirms, is a far better investment of time and resources, than being buried, you could put it, in the demands of what might be eighty hours of work a week.

 

Some of the ideas Ferris had for the book remain relevant, like targeting ads with Google to create product sales to get you out of the gate and in charge.  Ads like those remain a profitable activity for people to make money at when they have a product niche and a matching headspace that’s geared to online sales with the Internet.

 

Ferris refers in his book to Pareto’s Law, the concept that 20% of your efforts achieve 80% of the results you get.  It is a quirky theorem that is popular in self-management circles.  For example, Ferriss thought of ways that 20% of his interactions with clients produced 80% of the sales he needed–and invented methods to bring down the time spent chasing the 20% without sacrificing the 80% payoff.

 

While possibly hard to measure, you could tap into Pareto’s Law in areas of your own life that need expansion, while synchronously cutting back on activities that only mean spinning your wheels.  Ferriss in the book explores how.

 

Ferriss’ ideas include avoiding calls by getting people to email you rather than to call, and to check email only twice a day, at noon and at four.  This gets the most important communications done instead of letting them control too much of your time.  I don’t know if that would actually work in a work setting, but if you have the fervor of Timothy Ferriss, I think it could.

 

Most important, Ferriss finds that a life away from the office should never be about getting back to work.  He believes in automating as much as possible, and you probably already know that automation is a vital time-saving strategy to everybody who’s pressed for time.

 

In the first few chapters, Ferriss recommends a five-day information fast–no more news sites, magazines, or books, and only an hour of television viewing in the evening instead of the several that he says most people watch.  Five days of this with the help of his book and you’re on your way.

 

He also illustrates a Dreamline and points out some ways you can reduce your present list of expenses so that you can readily find the money to tick off some of the items you have on your bucket list.

 

It is a pleasant dream to think of a life like that.

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Photographer: Skitter Photo

If you need some tips to deal with a job that’s turned out to be soul-crushing, this book is a good source of inspiration.  The writing is both insightful and easy to digest.  What we do with our time is what we are, and a bit of fun and freedom might be the ingredients you need to reconnect with your purpose outside of work.

 

I thought I would write of it here, as I haven’t posted anything in a long time, and I felt like getting back down to it.  I am illustrating this post with a shot I took of my copy of the book and also a photo of Louth United Church, on the cemetery grounds where I work in an operations capacity.

 

And, please, you are more than welcome to “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.

A Reflection of Where I am with this Blog

I have decided to begin curating blog posts which I wrote in the past, starting with this first entry originally published July 10, 2014.

 

Blogs are commonplace for many.  Mine has provided a good deal of insight for me as people have seen and reacted to it.  If you do any writing, a blog is a very helpful way to establish one’s name as a writer.  Sometimes it goes with a change of direction.  For example, a fact may have come to light of which you were unaware.  If you have fears about becoming known to the public, a blog may not be the best way to talk on the Internet.  Or, perhaps, if you have run out of time, and have new responsibilities emerging in your life, or simply new interests being cultivated, making a blog has become less of a priority than you thought it would be.  However, the decision to blog is a significant one, and making the choice to blog from a unique angle may work in your favor as you develop your blog for the Internet, and get you the result you desire.

 

My head these days is busy, all the more so what with social media.  There is a wealth of information on the social media phenomenon, long in the running and with little sign of stopping.  Although blogging is a popular hobby, trying to inject for yourself your entry to the mix while remaining professional (and therefore detached).

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For quite some time now, I have been taking advantage of the prompts WordPress offers, both their daily prompts and their weekly photo challenges.  The Internet is a wonder of our time, and it would be amiss not to present a helping hand to others.  It is often a normal part of day-to-day living, and taking a look into the realm of digital communications pays off in various ways, which I will leave to your imagination.  At the very least, the activity of writing in this blog is a soothing balm for me, when I write for this blog.  I hope that you will give me the benefit of the doubt.  If you enjoyed this post, feel free to, “like,” comment, and/or follow my blog.  All the best to you.

August 7, 2013
Disbanded in 2006, Louth United Church stands in front of Maple Lawn Cemetery, the not-for-profit we maintain

Trying To Establish a Productive Rhythm

If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.

 

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WDnet Studio

In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas.  I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.

 

I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically.  Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet).  I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it.  Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.

 

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Annie Spratt

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.”  WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web.  I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day.  The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.

 

I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness.  I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs.  I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not.  To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week.  Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time.  Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog.  If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.  Have a nice day and all the best to you.  Thank you!  Cheers.

The Best of my Blog

My name is Patrick and I am a Canadian who blogs as his hobby. I mean it to be handy for people who take an interest work on and off the Internet and I hope that the readers who find me enjoy what I have wrote for them. Many of the photographs accompanying the blog posts I have taken myself.

I do quite a bit of informal research that I bring to the table with my blog. I am also a content writer with occasional part-time work coming to me from India. I am most comfortable blogging and writing from afar.

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Luis Llerena

These links are my own blog, the best of which I am presenting to you as part of this week’s WordPress Discover challenge #DiscoverWP

Participants are invited to draw inspiration from a number between one and ten. I decided on the number ten, and I was able to identify my ten most important blog posts out of them all. I also include a brief note after each post which is what I reflect I have done with the relevant blog post.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/the-names-the-thing-findingenvirons/

Anecdote why I thought to write “findingenvirons”

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/halloween-challenge-youthful-frights-vs-adult-fears/

 

 

 

I was beginning to learn how to blog

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/swirling-outlaw

Free, thanks to his new-found “friends,” he was aware. Also that the fate of Beta Gruisian Detention Gate could certainly hang in the balance, light …

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-ornate-and-the-slumbering/

This explains what I do when I am on our job site

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/where-would-i-be-if-not-for-love/

A silly first draft of a short story

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/division-a-force-for-good/

These are my thoughts on the word, “division”

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/curve

This curve brings you in and lets you go. It is off the freeway, and you can get exactly what you need when you choose this curve. This is the curve I am

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/narrowing-my-blogs-focus/

This is how I decided to specific a direction for my blog

 

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/action-is-essential-if-you-want-your-aims/

This is motivational advice

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/whether-sincere-or-can-we-challenge-ourselves/

I was trying to be heartfelt here when I was reflecting on my social media efforts

 

 

If you enjoy this post, please “like” and/or “follow” and comment on my blog. Have a wonderful time!

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