Wow, I am deeply touched by the support by the readers of this blog. Well, onwards and forwards. I have put more thought into the outsourcing process and want to share more of my responsibilities and thoughts around Microsourcing as the approach to outsourcing.
In the meantime, I want to personally thank Billy Catherall for contributing to my Muse Fund. Any amount helps, and it provides the support needed to keep blogging for personal interest. If you’d like to ChipIn to help support this blog (and any amount is appreciated), please click on the ChipIn Widget (the nice-looking red one) on the right sidebar. Thanks!
Thanks, and let’s keep up the good work where Tim leaves off
Category : book, DHFW Site
Update: You’re alive! So, i’ve made this post a touch more positive
When I first started blogging on the 4HWW topic, there were quite a few bloggers… but now it seems they have (mostly) all stopped blogging and their blogs are idle. What has happened? Has the bloom fell off the 4HWW flower? Have folks determined that the 4HWW is mostly hype, or have they had reasonable success and squeezed 50% of out of your schedule, as I have?
I don’t want to be a pessimist, but I want to reach out to the community, and especially to you 4HWW bloggers. What happened? Has anyone else seen any success with the concepts in the book? Do you want me to keep on journaling my experiences?
Comment and let me know if you’re alive!
I just read an excellent post on 37Signals called “Urgency is poisonous”. For those already familiar with Covey’s quadrants, and my previous posting on the Time Management spreadsheet, the content contained in the post might not come as a surprise. The point being made is that urgency is not only dangerous, but unnecessary, and probably a figment of our own imaginations. Are things truly urgent as they seem?
Rather than summarize what I believe is an excellent post, I encourage you all to read it. And then think, how can this be applied to the 4HWW? Clearly, Tim Ferriss shares the opinion that nothing is truly urgent. And if it is, just outsource it.
I’ve gotten a number of harassing email messages and comments on this blog responding to my “eLance Sucks” post. My experiences are my experiences. I don’t have a bone to pick with eLance, but in my case, I simply am dissatisfied with the eLance experience and the way that eLance has treated me, a potential buyer.
Rude, obnoxious, and not appropriate comments on this blog are not appreciated if they can’t positively contribute to the discourse of trying to help folks make their 4HWW goals come true. If you are an eLancer and think my tiny little blog is impacting your business, then do the right thing and contact the eLance support department and have them reverse their ludicrous policies towards buyers.
eLance, if you are listening: if you want me back as a customer, turn on my account. I posted 5 jobs on your site. I got 2 responses. Both were incredibly under qualified. I found those job reqs on another site. But, now I can’t even return to your site because those 5 original job posts count against me. This is an insane policy.
Now, think before you respond. I am a real customer. These are real experiences. These are experiences shared by others. If you think I’m just a whiny person, then guess what, there are hundreds, maybe thousands more, like me. Think we are picky? Try looking for a job these days — the economy is tight. These aren’t the boom years anymore. Try listening to your customers and just maybe you’ll weather the storm.
I read a fantastic post by Jed @ the Newly Rich called “Our 4HWW Workflow, Part I“. Without stealing his thunder (and idea), I encourage you to take a look at the post that diagrams a ludicrously simple, but very effective way of looking at your tasks.
Here’s a quick thumbnail of the flow. Click on it to view it at the original post location:
Category : book, muse, revenue
Hi all –
Sorry for the pause in content. I’ve been working hard as well as I’ve embarked on my MADFUN exercises. Plus, I haven’t really had much to write about. Maybe I should write anyways?
In any case, thanks for the feedback I’ve gotten from you all on my eLance and Time Management posts. I hope they have helped. On the 4HWW front, I’m looking at writing and publicizing some eBooks as a passive income source. Has anyone else had any experience in successfully doing that? Ironically, if I come across some great techniques, I’ll publish them as an eBook so that you all can learn from me!