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My 4 Hour Workday Is (Probably) More Boring Than Your 9–5 Job

Are you sure you want to be an “entrepreneur” relying on “passive income”?

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I’m unemployable.

The only job I had lasted for one month before throwing in the towel.

Not that I’m a lazy guy (I never took a weekend off for the past 12 years.) But I have a cringing issue with authority, which means that I have a hard time obeying. Before throwing stones at me: NO! I’m not an anarchist. In my business, I simply want to do things on my own terms.

Most people dream about entrepreneurship. They think that becoming a creator will solve all their problems. They’ll be able to work from anywhere in the world. Discover new places. Life would be perfect.

BS.

I don’t travel. I’m not living full-time in AirBnB’s. I don’t go out. I don’t do any of that digital-nomad-lifestyle stuff.

There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just that it doesn’t float my boat.

As a die-hard introvert. I can’t stand being around too many people. I get panic attacks when just going to a mall.

This is why I spend most of the time locked in my room writing these kinda articles, reading, and working on my notes.

The best time I have is when I am on my own, far from others.

A Routine Can Be Exciting

So what does my workday look like?
I know that many people who have their job like the unpredictability involved with it. Every day, a new challenge. That’s not my case.

Most of the time, I’m on autopilot. This means that I try to minimize the amount of use of my brain as much as possible. It’s like having your phone on battery saver. I lower my energy consumption so that I can go on creative sprints to create better content. (This includes articles, videos, or podcasts.)

The only novelty I allow myself is in the content that I create and the things I discover and learn. Too much novelty would drain too much energy out of me and limit my mental bandwidth for creating. As a creator, I need to create.

Here’s what I do:
I warm myself up by writing out some copy, following Gary Halbert’s advice. (Sharpening your skills is never a bad investment)

After that, I usually have some breakfast. Again, nothing fancy. Every day is almost the same thing.

After that, I create. As a creator, this is the “Operation Money Suck .”This is the part of my business where nobody can replace me. I either work on strengthening the relationship with my audience, getting new eyeballs, or Creating products following my A.R.T.™ Framework.

This requires a fair amount of focus and discipline. When working on a new product I have to map up my launch strategy. When working on an article like this, I have to think about the right angle, how to organize my ideas, etc.

This usually lasts for 3–5 hours, depending on the quality of sleep I got last night.

When the clock hits noon (sometimes sooner), my brain runs out of steam. It’s the afternoon low.

I usually use that time to do “dumb” and low-energy tasks that I can do without much focus. Some examples? Consuming content, doing some paperwork, whatsoever.

After lunch, I go for a nap. I lie down for one hour or so (sleeping maybe 15 minutes), but this time allows for relaxing and sparking new creative insights that I record when they arrive. There are a lot of benefits to napping, so it would be stupid to miss out on those if you have the opportunity to do them.

If I feel so, (and if there’s nothing to pick up from the grocery store,) I go back and make another one-hour-ish sprint like editing articles or doing some automation to improve my workflow. I try to squeeze in any task that doesn’t require thinking too hard.

Then, I have some dinner and go for a 60–90 minute walk. (Trying to get those 10k steps per day as much as possible). Those walks are unpredictable.

Sometimes I listen to some courses or books. Sometimes I’m just on my own. And sometimes, I’m recording a podcast or a training module. The ideas you get while moving are better than those you get in front of your desk. So it would be a huge loss not to seize that moment.

Now comes the crazy part: the days look almost the same the whole year. Except for some very (very) unique occasions or when an emergency happens (God preserve.)

Could it get more boring?

I assume that my workday is the unsexiest way of spending your time. It may not seem such a big of a deal. But you know what? I enjoy it.
For the simple reason that it allows me to do what I want and share interesting stuff with others.

Always remember that being an entrepreneur is not about what you should do. But what you can do.

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