From 100 Hours/Week To 2 Hours/Week

Many business advisors talk about the importance of "systems" and how you should use them to reduce the effort you need to achieve your business (and personal) goals.

People who you have probably heard of who talk explicitly about the importance of systems include:

  • Rich Schefren (
  • Robert Kiyosaka ("Rich Dad, Poor Dad")
  • Tim Ferris ("The 4 Hour Work Week")

But someone who you may be less familiar with is Sam Carpenter.

The term "4 hour work week" has become a by-word for the ultimate in systematizing your business, based on the huge popularity of Tim Ferris's book. But Sam Carpenter claims he works only half as hard as that!

Watch this interview with Sam where he describes how he turned a 100-hour work week into a 2-hour work week….



….then go get the pdf version of his book….

I think Sam explains the ideas better than most in terms of mind-set and  practical methods to use. I've just finished re-reading his book, and I have made a very good start on following his recommendations for documentation.

I recommend this book to my mentees as background reading and guidance for both the Visioning and Planning stages of the Internet Professionals Master Agenda.

A word of warning, however. Sam's presentation suggests that his ideas can solve just about any problem. But there are no magic bullets in life, and his ideas do have their limits.

BUT that's not a reason to ignore his approach. Personally, I find it very helpful.




3 thoughts on From 100 Hours/Week To 2 Hours/Week

  • To me, this is the heart of the book.

    “Blue-blood, old-school psychologists who see endless dour complexity in the human condition will sniff at the simplicity of the Work the System message. Things are more complicated than that, they’ll say… This is an elementary, dispassionate, drop-the-load dispatch that describes lives as they really are: simple cause-and-effect mechanisms that can be logical, predictable, and satisfying. No PhD necessary.”

    It really is straightforward, and comes along at just the right time for my local marketing consulting business, Things are just starting to get out of control as my client list, and consequent work, builds up. I have just come back from delivering a gift basket by way of apologizing for missing a client meeting. It got lost in the chaotic shuffle. I am looking forward to my second reading of “Work the System” and, more importantly, putting it’s teaching into effect.

  • Well, Paul – I would actually agree with the old-school psychologists. The human condition is endlessly complex and multiple inter-related factors effect our “success” – however we choose to measure it.

    The implication of Sam’s comment is that he has THE answer, and that all other models of human behaviour are either irrelevant or incorrect.

    I don’t subscribe to that viewpoint, and my own experience support me in that.

    However, I still very highly recommend (and try to adopt) the principles that Sam covers in his book.

    I ALSO highly recommend the Getting Things Done principles that Dave Allen covers in HIS book of the same name.

    I ALSO highly recommend the concept of Triple Loop Learning that Bill Torbet covers in his book (Action Inquiry).

    … and so on …

    Systems and Process have their place: but you ALSO need to put them into a bigger context of a dynamic, changing, uncertain, evolving, ever more complex business environment.

  • I don’t think Carpenter would disagree that humans are complex. I DO think his point is that, by and large, things can be remarkably simplified. A 100 year old oak tree is a complex and large organism, but a straightforward approach with an axe and a file will bring it down.

    I know my own tendency is to over analyse. As Carpenter describes in his preface, the book has been improved with every printing. something to be said for getting it out there and refining as you go. As an author myself, I know how amazing it is how many warts show up on the book immediately AFTER it is published.

    At any rate, thanks for bringing the book to my attention. Extra marks for the book being free.


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