At the end of a recent podcast, Tim finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while: he defined work.

“Financially-driven work, or work that you would prefer to spend less time on”

Simple as that. Under this definition, a 4-hour work week seems a pretty plausible goal. The 4HWW book title and subtitle, cover image, and catchy reviews give the impression that the goal is to spend your days lying on a beach; an impression Tim works to change throughout the book and in all the interviews and talks I’ve heard him give.

Many people enjoy the field of work they’re in, but their passion fizzles in the drudgery of the daily grind. It gets buried under micro-management and stretched thin across successive assignments they don’t want, and don’t get a break from. It never got that bad for me during my short run of working for “the man,” but I’m still grateful that I am now in more of a position to truly enjoy my work. And I mean the day-to-day work part of my work.

This means I have to scrutinize my schedule and really make careful decisions as I 80/20 my tasks. I have to be more willing to let things go that I normally think “oh, I don’t mind doing that.” By letting them go (either dropping or outsourcing), I can focus more on the work that brings me the most income or that I enjoy the most.