The 4-Day Work Week Apprentice stage of the 4-Day Work Week Journey is focused on maximizing your life outside of work without even needing to change jobs.
Whether you're a worker, an employee, an entrepreneur or a business owner, the Apprentice stage is all about making sure you're able to make the most of:
In each of these stages, there are certain milestones that let you know you're on the right track and you're mastering that stage. They don’t mean you'll stay there forever. I know sometimes I master certain parts and then I lose my footing on other parts, but when I do these things, life is a whole lot better.
For every one of these milestones I'm going to give you, you can decide whether or not you want to do them. If you do, set a target date, and maintain or monitor your status for that goal. We have a worksheet you can download that goes with this episode to help you track your progress.
Put simply, this is about not being house-poor or car-poor, where you have this awesome house or awesome car, but you can barely afford it and you're working 70-80 hours a week just to keep up with the payments. If you want to read more about shifting your attitude about your desired lifestyle and clarifying exactly what it is that you want, we have a great post on that here.
For most people, this means keeping your car 10 years or longer, though sometimes there are better arrangements due to tax breaks and being a small-business owner, whenever that works.
As a caveat, this excludes ongoing tasks like dishes and laundry, because we can’t avoid them. But for example, if you're spending all your free time mowing your huge lawn, or fixing your car, or taking care of your expensive golf clubs, or vacuuming your massive house, these things are not signs of mastery. They are more likely signs that you just have too many things, and you can't really even enjoy them because you're too busy maintaining them and taking care of them.
In fact, true mastery for this one is being in a good enough financial situation that you can just afford to give them away – you don't even have to have a garage sale. That being said, if you like having garage sales, or you need to sell the stuff, then go ahead.
The way I do this is to wait 2 weeks before making any large purchase of a new item or one that I hadn’t heard about before. That way, I can decide if I really want it.
Not everyone will agree with this point, but in the long run, if you're spending all your time managing your things, and carrying your things, and moving them back and forth, and paying to store them somewhere, then again, this is not mastery.
If you know what you want, you can just wait. I wait every year. On Black Friday I buy a couple of things online, though I don't go into the stores and fight up. I just wait for a couple of things, the bigger purchases, because that's when they're going to cost the least.
Don't underestimate the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your precious photos and important documents are stored securely and automatically.
This point is not because we're anticipating an emergency. Rather, it’s about being so clear on what's most important to you and having things together, that you could evacuate quickly if you needed to.
For me this means recycling weekly, and de-cluttering every 90 days. Above all, it’s about keeping your life simple.
A lot of these milestones are simple things, but they're things we need to keep on top of to be happy. If you can master these milestones, you're going to be in a situation where you can enjoy your things without having them own you. If you have any questions on this let me know.
To learn more about becoming a 4-Day Work Week Apprentice, head to 4dayworkweek.com/apprentice. There, you can learn about our training program where you can learn how to make the most of your life outside work, without even changing jobs.
As always, I look forward to helping you make more money in less time, doing what you do best.
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