I recently finished an awesome book called the 4-hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. Although it was uncomfortably long, I learned some pretty marvelous stuff; I learned the art of refusal, how to outsource work and the concept of mini-retirements.
So what is the art of refusal? It’s basically the idea that your work-life shouldn’t be interrupting you. If a coworker invites you to an event you don’t care about, then don’t go. You don’t have to be rude to him/her, but you can make some polite excuses to get yourself off of the hook. You have no obligations to those people unless you’re getting paid for it, but make certain you’re tactful and polite.
Outsourcing work is pretty easy if you have access to the internet (if you’re reading this, then you probably do). There are so many websites out there that can help you at your job. For instance, you can hire an Indian for $4-$5 an hour. Honestly, imagine 50% or more of your work being done for you. It almost makes me a little giddy.
Mini-retirements are easy-peasy (ok, they’re just cheap, not easy). You can actually do what Ferriss did: ask your boss if you can work from home, and once he accepts, travel the world and work by computer. Crazy, huh? But remember, just because he did it, doesn’t mean you can.
In conclusion, the info that I’ve gathered from reading the 4-Hour Workweek is simply life-changing. I sincerely hope that I’ll find another book that touches on these subjects as well as Ferriss did.