Posted on 24 August 2007 by tomatocasual.com

The 4-Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener – Part 5

The 4 Hour Work Week for the Tomato Gardener- Part 1 - TomatoCasual.comBy Danny Thompson

[This article is part 5 of a 5 article series. View part 1 of the series.]

Wrapping Up

This is the final part of our series on Tim Ferriss’s book, the 4 Hour Work Week.

I’d like to throw out few disclaimers and explain a few things that might have confused some.

First off, The 4-Hour Workweek, as a title, shouldn’t be taken literally.

For some, 4 hours per week seems like too much time to spend in the garden. No problem.

The goal is to spend as little time on the unsavory bits and as much on the parts you delight in as possible.

The book itself is a business book . . . so a 4-hour workweek is at the most 10% of a normal week at work.

See if you can reduce the time you invest in your garden down to 10%, while actually improving your yield and your enjoyment.

Another integral part of the book is Pareto’s Law, which states that 80% of results are the outcome of 20% of the input. This works on both the positives and the negative.

Most of the time, 80% of our success comes from just 20% of the work we put in, 80% of our enjoyment lies in 20% of the activity we invest, and 80% of the problems are the result of 20% of the factors in our garden.

Your goal should be to eliminate the 20% that causes problems, spend your time doing the 20% you enjoy, and automate everything else.

I think this could have a huge impact on your tomato garden. For that matter, it could have a huge impact on many areas of your life.

I’d suggest reading the book, even if you aren’t interested in becoming an entrepreneur.

Just as you can apply the principles to your garden, you can apply them to other areas as well…from being a better employee, to parenting, to housework…anything where you feel like the daily grind is getting in the way of something you should be getting a lot of happiness out of.

Now, get out there and enjoy . . . whatever it is you enjoy!

[For more 4-hour work week tips, check out the book or check out Tim’s blog]

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