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4 Hour Ethos

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I want to ask you a question.

Do you struggle with big writing projects (or small ones)?

Do you find it hard to not only get started, but to keep going until your project is finished?

Well if you do, then I might have the answer for you right here, because today I want to tell you about an inspiring video by Timothy Ferriss called The 4-Hour Ethos.

Timothy Ferriss, as almost everyone knows, is the author of the now-famous 4-Hour books:

The 4-Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Body

The 4-Hour Chef.

As you can gather just from his book titles alone, this author excells in simplifying almost anything.

And in this video he demonstrates how to simplify anything you have to do which I found is full of sound advice for writers (although it's not aimed at writers), especially those faced with a big project like writing a book or setting up a niche website.

He breaks his 4-Hour system down into the initials:


This stands for:

Deconstruct: Break a complex project into small tasks to make it easier to understand what is involved.

Identify: Once you've broken it down into separate tasks, look over the list and spot any potential failure points and pay close attention to them.

Selection: Use the Pareto principle to see from these tasks how 80% of your results are going to come from 20% of your work. Then select which tasks to spend more time and thought on and cut out or reduce time spent on the others.

Sequence: Ask yourself what would happen if you did things in a different (or backwards) order?

Also look at the timing of starting the project. If it's something you're not familiar with doing, perhaps you need to spend some time learning this new skill or doing more research before you proceed.

Stakes: Give yourself something to lose if you don't finish your project. Have a stake in what you're doing.

Make yourself accountable. Use if it helps. Having a stake has been proven to give a compliance hike of 25% to 70% or more.

Having a stake can change your behaviour when you create the right situation for working and focusing.

This video is worth watching. If you want to get straight into the "meat" (and as a vegan I'm loathe to use that word) of DiSSS, start watching from 9.58 minutes.

All the best


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