The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich


"I would like to know as best he can give, what Tim’s
average NON-mini-retirement day entails.”

Here was my answer:

My days almost never look the same. I ask my assistants to
avoid phone calls on Mondays and Fridays, in case I want to take a long weekend
on either end, and I almost always allocate Mondays for general preparation and
prioritizing for the week, then any administrative tasks that I need to handle
(paperwork for accountants, lawyers, etc.).

I put very few things in my calendar, as I do not believe
most people can do more than four hours of productive work per day at maximum,
and I loathe multi-tasking. For example, my day tomorrow [Tim: this was about 14
days ago] looks like this, with items in my calendar preceded by an asterisk

10am — get up and eat

high-protein breakfast of 300-400 calories
(I’m typing this at 2:22am, as I
do my best writing from 1-4am)

10:30-12* — radio interviews and idea
generation for writing (note

12 noon

involving mostly posterior chain (back, neck extension, hamstrings,
etc.) and abdominals.

12:30 — lunch in a restaurant of organic
beef, vegetables, pinto beans, and guacamole (I have this almost everyday.

Here is my diet.

1-5pm* — write

piece for The Economist
(I’m not writing this whole time, but I block out
this period)

5pm* — review my designer’s latest
updates on planned blog redesign

5:30pm — first dinner – small

6:30-8:30pm — Brazilian jiu-jitsu

9pm — second dinner – large


ice bath
and shower

11-2am — chill out and do whatever,
probably reading for enjoyment or drinking

with friends

Before you ask “but what happened to the 4-hour
workweek?!”, realize that the goal was never to be idle.

I hate laziness and make this clear in the book, the

“Filling the Void” chapter
being just one example. The goal is to
spend as much time possible doing what we want
by maximizing output in
minimal time.

I don’t have to do anything in this schedule. I
choose to do them because I like them. None of them are
financially-driven or unpleasant obligations. If the chance to do something more
fun comes up last-minute, I can cancel all of them.

Remember: having time isn’t hard nor necessarily desirable
in and of itself–just quit your job and go on unemployment. It’s how you use
time and trade it for experience that counts.


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