Here’s How The 4-Hour Workweek Really Works

June 28, 2016

11:45 am

Workday productivity is a popular topic these days – but with so many strategies that you can implement to better increase your productivity during your most challenging daily tasks. But when it comes to finding the best strategy for you and your workday habits, it can be tempting to find which one works best for you.

One of the most popular trends in workplace productivity is the 4-hour workweek. Started by Tim Ferriss, the 4-hour workweek has been noted as a strategy to increase focus and efficiency to avoid burnout and overworking.

But while the 4-hour workweek is encouraged for entrepreneurs, is it really the most effective strategy to increase workday productivity? Here’s what happened when it was implemented.

Real Life Responses to the 4-Hour Workweek

One commentor on Hacker News has applied the 4-hour workweek to his own schedule as a freelancer. And to his surprise, it was actually highly effective:

Long story short: tried it twice, the second time was the charm as a freelancer. Earning less money as I was full time, but steadily going up and getting close. Sidenote: changed my life, I’m more productive in general… The how? It depends on two things mostly: lifestyle and family. As I’m 25 and single it was easier for me to do that because I can tweak my lifestyle as I want. I think it’s a bigger challenge for those who have someone to support. And by tweaking I mean push yourself little by little to spend less, you get used to it quickly.

TimeCamp also conducted their own research to see the effectiveness in the long-term. But in fact, they move that the 4-hour workweek is just… a myth.

Today, whomever you see on a big post makes enough money purely because they work more than four hours…Yes, time management is something people could practice and this way there are chances they could finish their work for the day on time and sometimes sooner.

In truth, the 4-hour workweek strategy does have merit… but only if it works alongside the individual’s own work habits. Entrepreneurs that have established themselves, and have strong support in passive income can benefit the most from the 4-hour workweek, but for others, it may prove difficult to work at their most effective with just four hours.

When it comes down to it, the best workplace strategy is the one that works best for you. Find the startegy that works best with your workplace habits and lifestyle, and that will be the one that will aid you in being the most efficient and focused that you can be.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.