How Many Hours Do I Work?

Show Notes


There’s something that’s really bugging me right now. You know this trend of comparing how few hours people work in their business and how successful they are?

It really annoys me!

I read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss when it first came out. I was in my twenties and it was a game changer for me. I shared it with Mark when we first met and we geeked out on seeing the possibilities of passive income and marketing in a different way. But even Tim says that it’s not literally about working four hours a week. 

It's about creating your business in a way that doesn't stress you out and that gives you energy for other stuff. 

I have workaholic tendencies so making things simple and streamlined was really helpful.

And listen, I LOVE transparency. I don’t love comparisonitis though!

The problem is when people compare themselves to others. How many hours do you work is such an irrelevant question. 

We all have completely different capacities. Different levels of procrastination. Completely different types of work. 

And now that we can work whenever and wherever we want to it's really hard to quantify. I actually do a lot of work in the car when Mark and I drive out to our farm.

Work can spread and filter into our entire lives. For me ideas come to me when I'm on the massage table, when I am going for a swim or a walk, when I'm having a shower. 

Rather than, how many hours do you work, a better question to ask is: how much do I want to earn and what do I want to do for that money?

If you want to make a million dollars, you have to make a million dollars worth of value for people. And you can do that in so many ways. You can break it down and go, "How many $10 things would I need to sell? How many $1000 things?"

Ask yourself “how many hours do I want to work?” And then give yourself permission to reduce your hours, create spaciousness, block out your calendar. 

We've got to stop taking advice about things that millionaires “should” do – there aren’t rules we have to follow anymore. There’s more than one way to do business.

We have to give ourselves permission to do things that help us thrive.


In this episode, you'll learn:
  • How to build sustainability into your business
  • Why there aren’t ANY rules worth following!
  • How I created spaciousness in my business, even from really early on
  • The secrets to how I thrive in my work
  • The importance of designing a business that fits in with your life




About the Show

Chill and Prosper is your weekly dose of money mindset, marketing and humour from best-selling author and entrepreneur Denise Duffield-Thomas.

Denise's philosophy is that there is ALWAYS an easier way to make money and that's what she's here to help you do. Each week, you'll get actionable advice to help you make more money, with less work. There's no need to hustle - let Denise show you how to embrace the Chillpreneur way.

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