4-Hour Workweek: The Dreamline
I’m re-reading Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek, a book that first caught my attention and imagination when I was in high school, over a decade ago. Now, I’m going through the book again at the age of 26– and trying to turn ideas into action. I’ve always been intrigued by the ideas in the 4-Hour Workweek. Here are my experiments with them, as I try to bring my dreams to life.
In the 4-Hour Workweek, the Dreamline is presented as part wishlist, part timeline. It asks the question, If you could have, do, or be anything in the world, what would it be? It rules nothing out as impossible— anything is fair game in the Dreamline. That’s the wishlist part of it. The timeline part of it, is that you’re creating two lists. One list for everything that you can imagine in the next 6 months, and one list for everything in the next 12 months.
Tim’s instructions are simple. For your first dreamline, the 6 month one, make three lists. One list for “Having,” one list for “Doing,” and one list for “Being.” List your top five in each category— in 6 months, what do you want? What are your wildest dreams? What would make you happy?
Then, repeat the process for the 12-month dreamline.
For each dreamline, go back to the “Being” section, and convert each of those items into concrete actions.
Once you’ve got your lists, review them. Pick 4 items from the 6-month dreamline, and 4 from the 12-month. These are the things that are personally most important to you. The things that would transform your life the most.
You’ll also calculate costs for each of your 4 chosen dreamline items, and come up with next steps and action items for each of your 6-month goals. I’ll do these for my own dreamline in a separate blog post.
My 6-Month List
- Perfect travel gear – suitcase, ultra-light clothes, perfect toiletry setup.
- 🌟 Less stuff – a minimalist living space, with only useful or beautiful items.
- Great shelving and organization.
- A good wardrobe – handmade clothes, good bras, nice shoes.
- An interesting and unique wall art collection.
- Free of my skin problems. Healthy and confident in my body. —> Seeing a dermatologist, experimenting with OTC skincare products, using natural remedies for skin.
- An amateur ceramicist. —> Visit the ceramics studio every month and spend some time playing with clay.
- An experienced sewist – a craftsperson who can make outstanding quality dresses, shirts, pants, etc. —> Making my fall wardrobe by hand, with the materials I just bought.
- A full-time entrepreneur. —> Complete the 4-hour workweek. Learn to delegate and outsource quickly.
- 🌟 Healthy. More energetic, less in pain, recharged and ready to take on each day. —> Explore natural healing. Spend time every day relaxing and taking care of myself. Incorporate gentle movement into my routine.
- Honing my sewing skills – sewing unique, interesting, classically made, well-constructed garments.
- 🌟 Reading books – read and examine great novels, both for enjoyment and for education.
- 🌟 Traveling to somewhere unique, inspiring, and possibly remote during a week-long trip with Matt.
- Spending more time with Reggie, especially playing with him.
- Writing a blog or instagram or some other way to share my adventures and learning.
My 12-Month List
- 🌟 A house – mine to live in, customize, and renovate.
- A pretty, clean, idyllic space to live and work.
- Appliances – dishwasher, robot vacuum, in-unit laundry – to do chores on our behalf.
- Massages, acupuncture, yoga, and other high-quality physical care every few weeks.
- A car – something rugged and efficient that can help me take road trips and be my travel companion.
- 🌟 A globetrotter – able to pick up and travel for new adventures and locations. —> Have 3 trips abroad to interesting destinations during the next 12 months.
- An accomplished reader – with an impressive knowledge of literature, history, and art. —> Pick a series of 12 books, related by a theme, to read closely. Read each one while learning more about the time period and artistic background.
- In great health – I don’t need to be a body builder, but I would love to be comfortable, energetic, limber, and feeling well. —> Eat food that makes me feel good. Incorporate gentle movement into every day/ week. Take care of emotional health by resting and relaxing. Find really good healthcare providers.
- A product designer – dreaming up and creating my own goods and clothes. —> Think hard about the tools and goods that would improve my life. As I create and tinker, make those. Especially making my own travel gear, home goods, or clothes.
- A content creator – an artist, craftswoman, blogger or writer, making creations and sharing with the world. —> A steady stream of thoughts and ideas put out into the world. A steady online presence or a published book would help me feel like a “real” creator.
- Gardening, indoors and out. Would like to create a simple low-maintenance garden that can be a space for me to tinker and play with plants.
- 🌟 Always creating, building and tinkering in my home studio. Spending multiple hours a day just working on passion projects and craft, especially sewing.
- Making simple, healthy food and enjoying it. Cooking good bread, pasta, vegetables, etc. at home.
- Taking time to rest, recharge, take care of myself, and feel my feelings.
- 🌟 Connecting with the makers, creators, and writers I’ve admired from afar my whole life.
- Have less stuff – a more minimalist living space, with only useful or beautiful items.
- Be healthy. More energetic, less in pain, recharged and ready to take on each day. —> Explore natural healing. Find good healthcare providers. Spend time every day relaxing and taking care of myself. Incorporate gentle movement into my routine.
- Read books – read and examine great novels, both for enjoyment and for education.
- Travel to somewhere unique, inspiring, and possibly remote during a week-long trip with Matt.
- Own a house – mine to live in, customize, and renovate.
- Be a globetrotter – able to pick up and travel for new adventures and locations. —> Have 3 trips abroad to interesting destinations during the next 12 months.
- Spend most of my time creating, building and tinkering in my home studio. Spending multiple hours a day just working on passion projects and crafts, especially sewing.
- Connect with the makers, creators, and writers I’ve admired from afar my whole life.