Fri 29 Nov 13 - Mon 2 Dec 13 33 °F
Four Hour Work Week - Read this book in 2010. Even though I don’t believe I can architect my life in a manner that allows me to only work 4 hours a week, the author does have some clever ideas. The one that has had a big influence in my life, the author calls “mini retirement.”
The concept is simple - take many breaks in life, don’t just take one long final break at the end of ones career. Don’t just save it all up to take off at 65. Take a break every few years instead - to rejuvenate, to give one energy to focus on the next set of years. And in my guess, take time off just to goof off! And not just 1-2-3 months here and there, but an amount of time that makes a significant difference in your life.
After leaving South Africa at the end of Sept 2012, I was mentally and physically exhausted, and taking time off was the only option to preserve my sanity and health. The last bit of 2012 was spent working on me - getting myself mentally and physically fit again. 2013 brought Gitanjali2.0! I literally flung myself off a cliff and let life come at me.
Highlights of my 2013
1. Walked the Inca Trail - proved to myself that I had the physical toughness to just put one foot in front of the other and to value every step of it.
2. Went from being a couch potato to running my first ever 5K, and then a 10K, and finally a half marathon.
3. Read fiction, something I had not done in over 10 years. Immortals of Meluha!
4. Looked at my relationship with my job, and worked on changing it. Am now on track to the career I wish to build over the next decade.
5. Traveled home to India and spent Diwali with my family. The last time I did that was 2001.
6. Packed, moved, unpacked, packed again and moved again, 4 times this past year alone.
What I learned from Four Hour Work Week
1. You dont have to reply to a work email immediately. You can train those around you to expect a reply twice a day only. There is no need for instant responses.
2. Plan mini-retirements.
3. Steps on how to set up an online business.
4. To value my time and calculate how much time I waste on non-value add tasks that I could outsource to someone better suited for it.
All this being said, I have finally come out of my mini-retirement and have gone back to work after 14 months*. And I am already planning my next mini retirement!
* I did work for a short 6-weeks in San Francisco this summer. And how fun was that!