It was only a matter of time before I dipped into The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss; the book that seemed to start everyone on the road to Lifestyle Design, life-hacks and increasing your productivity.
As someone who came to this book as a bit of a laggard, I’d already read a few books in a similar vein, so I wasn’t expecting much new information, especially given that the 4HWW was first book and was written a while back (2007 is still “a while back”, right?).
Technology and ideas have moved forward so much since then, I thought. The information has got to be either outdated or irrelevant, I thought.
Like my wife always says, I was wrong.
The book is anything but a bunch of tips and “life-hacks” – it’s a system based around specific techniques and ideas that anyone can implement to improve their lives.
It’s a big book too, with something for everyone. It helps you create and carve a path to live the kind of lifestyle that you truly dream of living. There are no secret short cuts, just hard work; focusing on the important things.
And, let’s face it, you’re wedding is definitely an “important thing”.
So, for today’s blog, I thought I’d give you a snippet from this book, that can definitely improve your productiveness when it comes to planning your own wedding or party.
It’s a question you should be asking yourself, as often as possible.
“Am I being productive or just active?”
Ask yourself this question whenever you’re doing something related to your wedding or party, and it will keep you focused on the important things; the stuff that really matters.
Tim quotes in the book that this one tip alone made one of his students 3x more effective and productive.
Imagine being able to plan your entire wedding in a third of the time, by just asking yourself a simple question several times per day.
Of course, you don’t have to just ask this question when you’re planning your wedding. You can ask it about any particular goal you have; when out for a walk, at the gym, meeting friends etc.
Am I REALLY doing something that’s moving me forward here, or am I just creating distractions to make myself FEEL busy?
Don’t spend 3 hours creating a colour coded, wedding planning checklist that looks lovely. Just get on with doing the wedding planning!
So make sure to ask yourself: Am I really being productive right now? Is this the most important thing I should be doing, or am I distracting myself with a more enjoyable task, trying to convince myself that I’m busy?
If you like the book you can buy it by clicking on this link: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.
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