4 Hour Work Week

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My brother-in-law recommended that I read “4 Hour Work Week” about a month ago and I’ve slowly been reading about a chapter each week.  I’m typically a binge-reader and once I start a good book I can’t stop until it’s over.  This book was a little different in the beginning because I wasn’t fully buying into the concept. The last few chapters, however, really opened my eyes.

Since I’ve been working full-time, I’ve had issues with the 9-5 rule. (It’s actually 8-5 in my case, and we’re expected to take an hour lunch.)  I’ve always thought it was ridiculous… As I’ve said before, I’m a huge procrastinator which has taught me how to work efficiently.  I see much older people at my job who can only type with one finger and I think that there’s no way we both need 40 hours/week to do the same job!

In addition, I’ve always had dreams of travelling the world.  It’s been extremely difficult for me to find a way to make that work with the 9-5 grind and a limited 8 days per year of vacation time.  After reading this book, I now feel that it is possible to make these dreams a reality!  Tim Ferris, the author of “4 Hour Work Week” explains specific ways to increase productivity so you can effectively eliminate the unnecessary and time-consuming tasks that are filling up your week.  He offers pointers for both entrepreneurs and employees for arranging remote-work situations that create independence and more of an opportunity for long bouts of travel.

I’m still not sure exactly how this will all fit into my life, but I’m excited to start implementing some of these ideas and see where they take me!

No time like the present

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I’ve been a procrastinator for my entire life.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how to use it to my advantage and I now believe it actually helps me with productivity in most areas of my life. Since I’m accustomed to putting things off until the last possible second, I’ve become a very efficient person.

That being said, I got an email this morning notifying me that my domain, thedirectionofmydreams.com, was about to expire.  I created this blog two years ago and haven’t posted once.  I think about the empty pages every now and then, but I usually just brush it off with my usual, “I’ll get to it later”.

I originally created this blog because I had just graduated from college and wanted to document my new life.  I’m two years into the “real world” now and my vision for this isn’t a whole lot clearer, but I’m going to make an effort to create something out of this.

Thinking back to my life two years ago, I can say that it looks very similar.  I changed jobs, but remain in the same industry.  I’ve lived with new roommates in different homes, but haven’t ventured outside a 15-mile vicinity.  I haven’t had any significant new relationships.  I haven’t traveled anywhere new or amazing. This may not necessarily sound like a problem for most people.  But I have always had big dreams and it’s disappointing to look back and see that I haven’t pursued any of them.  It’s scarily easy to get comfortable.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m not happy.  I have great friends, a good job, and live in an amazing home.  I am happy.  I’m just beginning to realize that I’ve said, “I’ll get to it later” a few too many times and I’ve been putting off living my life to the fullest and experiencing my best life.

My hope is that I can use this blog as a tool for organizing my thoughts and dreams, and discovering what I really want to do.  Even more importantly, I want to be able to but these dreams into action.  I don’t want to read this post two years from now and feel the same disappointment.  After all, there’s no time like the present!

Cheers to new beginnings!