Tim Ferriss Says Time Management Is Still the Key to His Success Since Writing 'The 4-Hour Workweek'

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Released in 2007, Tim Ferriss' The 4-Hour Workweek struck a chord with unhappy officer workers disillusioned with their toxic relationships with the nature of work itself. It's now one of the most popular self-help books of its time.

In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Reebok Spartan Race and the voice of the Spartan UP! podcast interviews Tim Ferriss, who has since written The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. Here, Ferris describes his well-established daily routine, which includes narrowing down his focus to just two or three things per day and dedicating the first half of each day to being creative, then taking calls and going to meetings for the management side of things after lunch

Other takeaways from Ferriss include: 

  • Volunteer for great organizations, then go the extra mile to stand out.
  • Find a small but fast growing company to work for, and observe the deal makers at work. Note the kind of questions they ask to get ahead. For example: “I know it's impossible, but if there was a way to make it work, what would it be?”
  • When things start going well in business, to maintain focus, separate the great opportunities from the potentially overwhelming number of good ones. Ask yourself -- what is the one step that will make all the others irrelevant?

Related: Gary Vaynerchuk: 'If You Know Who You Are, You'll Bet on Your Strengths.'