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The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose Hardcover – Jan 5 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312571356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312571351
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Just one simple decision--to become a cre8tor--is enough to change your life for the better. Robert makes the case why this is the best path, for all of us.” ―Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin and Tribes

“Pagliarini (The Six-Day Financial Makeover) refreshes a tired premise with a snappy style that helps readers prioritize their commitments and divest their energies accordingly. Simple exercises target "LifeLeeches," insidious activities that suck up free time--video games, meaningless meetings, social media, porn, and (rather bizarrely) reading and carpooling--in order to dedicate those freed up hours to make extra money, develop more job-related skills, blog for cash, expand a creative or entrepreneurial venture, or simply engage in more fulfilling hobbies. A large portion of the book is focused on becoming what the author calls a "Cre8tor," someone who does not just settle for a paycheck but creates their own financial life. Even readers perfectly at peace with their career and paycheck will find the tips and a companion Web site, featuring downloadable templates for time management and a "Goal Achievement Plan," useful catalysts for further professional and personal growth.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Most of us don't make great use of our 'non-work' hours. This book can help you change that. It's filled with great advice on how to devote those in-between hours to more enriching, energizing and rewarding pursuits.” ―Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New World

“My many years as a productivity coach and educator have convinced me that the greatest gains in our lives are most often achieved because of small things that we begin to do consistently that are highly strategic for us. Robert's book is a treasure-trove of such "small things." He's mined the bandwidth of our day to day lives for the underused portions where real treasures lie. Very good stuff here” ―David Allen, author, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life

“The Other Eight Hours identifies universal roadblocks and limitations, then provides the reader with tangible tools that can easily translate to real world experience. Pagliarini shows us how to achieve a whole new level of happiness and fulfillment with a remarkable ability to speak to the reader in a way they can relate to.” ―Kim Barnouin, co-author of Skinny Bitch

“The Other 8 Hours soars with crisp advice, mind bending ideas and stories that will move you to action. The book captures the obvious self-empowerment opportunity we've been too busy to notice: You can own your life if you want to. Read it and take back the best part of your life.” ―Tim Sanders, author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends

About the Author

ROBERT PAGLIARINI is obsessed with making the most of his other 8 hours to create an ideal life. He's also obsessed with sharing what he knows, inspiring others to achieve their ideal life, and learning from others who are improving their lives. A Certified Financial Planner™ with a master's degree in financial services, he is the president of Pacifica Wealth Advisors, a boutique wealth management firm recently ranked one of the top in the nation, and the author of the The Six-Day Financial Makeover and the ebook, Plan Z: How to Survive the 2009 Financial Crisis (and even live a little better). Robert has appeared as a financial expert on 20/20, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, ABC Morning News, NPR's Marketplace and in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Money Magazine and many others. Robert lives with his wife and daughter in Orange County, California. On most Sundays you'll find them at Saddleback Church, and occasionally at Disneyland.

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As Tony Schwartz explains in The Way We're Working Isn't Working, the results of various research studies clearly indicate that peak performers require at least 8 hours of rest (including sleep) to renew their energy. On average, those who are employed full-time must commit at least eight hours a day to their work. According to Robert Pagliarini, the other time while awake each day (about eight hours, hence the title of his book) will "determine your happiness and net worth." He appreciates the need for energy renewal. He respects employment obligations that must be met. He also seems to have little (if any) patience for those who waste whatever discretionary time they have each day.

Yes, people also need to renew energy on Saturdays and Sundays and although they may not log time at the office or complete job-related tasks at home, they seldom (if ever) have all of Saturday and Sunday to do whatever they wish. I urge those who read this review and, hopefully, the book not to get hung up on specific numbers of hours. Many single parents tell me they have less discretionary time weekends than they do weekdays. Time and energy allocations vary from one person to the next, and for each person, one day to the next. Pagliarini's objective, stated bluntly, is to help as many people as possible to "escape from the Living Dead and the Dead Broke."

He divides his material into four sections.
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Great Book!!! Loved it and read it within days. Very clear, honest and helpful. I find it was ment more towards middle age people rather than young division, nevertheless it is usefull to everyone.
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93 of 108 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3db9f18) out of 5 stars Not for everyone. Feb. 25 2010
By InfoFish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is well written, and it certainly explores a VERY interesting concept. What it doesn't provide is a roadmap for folks whose lives don't fit nicely into the 8 hour pie - 8 hours work, 8 hours sleep and 8 hours to develop your life. I'm over-simplifying but you can get the point.

My 8 hours to develop my life go about like this: 2 hours commuting, daily, watching my two toddlers after work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, and then there's shopping, car maintenance. So, I watch TV - EXHAUSTED at 9 pm for 1 hour while I wait for the sleeping meds to work and the dryer to finish. And I am back at it again, starting at 4:45 am. I am so damn wiped by 9 pm - it was kind of insulting to me to be told to work on my life. And I don't even watch TV every night - a lot of nights I read for a bit.

On my commute - I make sure the ipod is packed with lots of great learning materials - that's a no-brainer. Anyone with an hour commute has figured this out, usually their first week. That was a useful tip - but everyone already knows it.

The chapter on swapping off time for other people doing your tasks - like I cook three meals - and my one neighbor does something for us and then the other neighbor does something else for us - for the meal. OMG - WHAT FRIGGGGIN world is the author living in???

I guess the book left me kind of outraged. And desperate - because I thought this could be a bit of a roadmap, or at least I get some ideas. I didn't.

Although a lot of other people did. And if you are watching 5 hours of TV EVERY night - this book had better speak to you - and loudly.

But on the other hand,if you have kids, are pretty much carrying the entire world on your back and commuting quite a bit - and really need your job - this might not be the best book for you. I was kind of annoyed, felt preached at and now feel pretty bad that I should be doing more.
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3db91b0) out of 5 stars the book for those who don't know watching TV is making you less productive May 10 2010
By MikeyP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty shocked at the generally high reviews of this book. While I found there to be some vaguely useful tips, in general it's pretty long winded and short on usable info. In particular the folksy story that started each chapter were useless. The frequent references to church and the bible are fairly annoying and borderline preachy. How is it that he manages to incorporate faith in almost every chapter of a book on how to maximize your time??

In short I would say that if it hasn't occurred to you that watching less television would be a good way to increase productivity in the other 8 hours of your day, then you could probably benefit from reading this book. If you're already somewhat analytical about how you're spending your time, then this book might be a waste of your time.

I'm giving it a star for some useful websites that could be helpful in starting a business, but even then his treatment of how business are started isn't particularly thorough. He frequently mentions angel investors vs. VC investors without describing the important differences between the two. Is the author assuming his audience who doesn't know video games are a time suck already aware of the differences in these two important funding sources for getting their business off the ground?? Throughout the book the author recommends putting together an e-book to test the waters for your business idea, and in the end this book reads like a bunch of 20 page e-books compiled in to a collection of tips, not a comprehensive study on time management.

DO NOT PAY FOR THIS BOOK. Get it from your local library. The small amount of useful information is not worth the space it will occupy on your bookshelf.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d54570) out of 5 stars Very reinforcing and loaded with great ideas Jan. 21 2010
By Jim Estill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of the book I thought. Oh no, now a time management system that figures out what to do instead of sleep - which for me would be the other 8 hours (well actually, I would rarely sleep that long).

But the gist of The Other 8 Hours discussed in the book are the hours that you're not sleeping and not working. So it's the time after work essentially.

I think the book would be more appropriately targeted to those who have a job. To those who, like myself, work for themselves or are serious executives, working much more hours than full time jobs, the book is not as appropriate.
The gist of the message I completely agree with and that is get off the couch and learn something or do something with the other 8 hours. That's the best and easiest way to get ahead. One of the reasons this works for getting ahead is so many other people simply sit on the couch with the channel changer.

In addition to that basic thesis, the book is chock full of time saving ideas, like use two monitors. I learned this from my years at SYNNEX and it's very tough to work with just one monitor after you've used two.

The book talks about the things that steal productivity, listing a huge long list of things that maybe don't need to be done.

One reason might be appropriate for people who have a job is much of the talk is about money and how to make more or save more money, with lots of tips. It's a good book, well written, well organized, easy to read.

Whenever I give my Time Management presentation, my goal is always to have people leave with two or three habits that they continue doing and are doing six weeks after the presentation. I don't consider my presentation to be a success unless this happens.

This book has so many ideas I would think only people who use the most polished of systems wouldn't be able to get a few ideas they could use. I found the book very reinforcing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa859e498) out of 5 stars Good Tips in a Busy Book March 4 2010
By Drea Knufken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What does your average workday look like? If waking up and falling asleep rim a day full of commuting, working, and TV, watch out. You just might be a zombie. At least that's what Robert Pagliarini would call you, in a most endearing and well-meaning way possible.

Pagliarini, a CFA, entrepreneur and author, wants you to stop frittering away your life on mindless tasks. He encourages you to streamline and harness those precious eight hours you have between work and sleep. Once you do, your life and financial situation will markedly improve.

In "The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose," Pagliarini gives you detailed instructions on how to replace your zombie habits with life-affirming creative ones. His new book shows you how to chop out all the activities and people who drain you. You learn to manage and prioritize your time, so that new income streams and a newfound sense of being alive result.

Sound like a tall order? Taken in aggregate, it is. But if you bite each piece off in digestable pieces, The Other 8 Hours can give you the tips and tricks you need to turn your wasted time into something personally and financially rewarding.


Pagliarini starts off The Other 8 Hours by explaining why those eight hours we're not working or sleeping are so important. He tells you why it's common to feel stuck in a rut, and how to "jump out of" your staid state.

Freeing up your time is part strategy, part slash-and-burn. Pagliarini's tips range from intuitive-get rid of unnecessary commitment--to innovative, like getting yourself a "boost job" that allows you to make money while spending your time accomplishing something else (think midnight tollbooth operator writing a novel). He also lists and gives solutions for 24 common "LifeLeeches" that suck your time away.

Now that he has shown you how to stop wasting time, Pagliarini gives you buiding blocks for transcending the rat race. A thirst for more status, money, and life than the consumer treadmill offers is an implicit requirement here. Assuming you have that, Pagliarini says to spend your other eight hours creating new moneymaking channels such as a business, an invention, or a book. You become what Pagliarini, in a swoop of marketing, calls a Cre8tor.

He gives you a chapter full of tips on getting your mind, support network, and systems set up to nurture a Cre8tor lifestyle. Then he shares 8 rules Cre8tors needs to follow, like limiting risk, keeping your day job, and owning the way you make your income.

Next, he goes into the top 10 Cre8tor channels for making income. These are basically side projects that can have good monetization potential. They are: Blogging, inventing, writing a book/screenplay/music, starting a company, reselling/licensing/affiliating, taking advantage of fads, working for stock, advancing careers, freelancing, and turning hobbies into income. He breaks each down into its own detailed chapter with rules, tips, resources, and diagrams.

After reading about each channel, you enter the Get a Life section of the book. Here, you find a handful of tips for rebuilding your life. These include uncovering your passions, learning about the characteristics you need to live a more fulfilled life, building good habits, making goals, and scheduling your day to accommodate your Cre8tor commitments, and more. He concludes the book with a helpful list of resources.


As a CFA, entrepreneur, media personality, and author, Robert Pagliarini is quite the multitasker. The book multitasks, too. It attempts to tutor you on self-improvement, goal-setting, starting your own business or side moneymaking gig, addressing deficiencies in your life, making more money, building healthier habits and relationships, and more.

As someone who values focus and simplicity, I found the content distracting at times. It's not an easy, step-by-step guide on improving your life. Instead, it's a tome of scattered tips-use them as you will. The value comes from the number and diversity of tips more than the overall trajectory of the book.

I most enjoyed Part I, which described the Great American Rut and gave useful tips on making your time work for you. I was already familiar with the idea of being a Cre8tor, as well as a few of the Cre8tor channels featured in Part II. In my experience, there's a good amount of crapshoot involved in actually monetizing your book, blog, or freelance career. Pagliarini does emphasize that success is more of a batting average than a one-hit wonder. It helps to bear that in mind while reading through descriptions of Cre8tor channels.

Part III, which tells you how to get a life, almost sounded forced to me. Sure, repeating a mantra and setting goals are good ideas, but this section was missing the depth required to truly do life-building activities justice.

In terms of writing style, The Other 8 Hours is entertaining, and funny at times. Pagliarini incorporates tips and stories from real-life Crea8tors like Seth Godin. Its action-oriented tips give you solid starting points for improving your situation. It's a fun, easy read.

I recommend it for anyone who feels stuck, wants to be more enterprising, and/or needs a kick in the butt in general.

(Review by Drea Knufken)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3db92ac) out of 5 stars An enlightened look at happiness and productivity Jan. 5 2010
By Mostafa Abdou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This Book was very timely and relevant for me....it allowed me to truly stop and reflect on how i was spending my time, let alone my 'other 8 hours'. Prior to meeting Robert and learning about his killer concept , I hadn't given much consideration to what had occupied my time other than the traditional work, family and the occasional personal time. I embraced the book with a clear mind only to discover a renewed sense of inspiration that my happiest moments were fulfilled during those 'other 8 hours'...That was a huge insight for me and really made me realize that happiness is a fundamental choice and is the catalyst to everything else we do in life. When you see how smart, progressive companies, like Google and Apple, build their cultures, you immediately notice the emphasis they place on inspiring their teams to embrace the principles that Robert advocates in 'The Other 8 Hours' - So, whether you're stuck in a career or simply looking for more passion in your life, this book is a refreshing look at how it's one simple decision away...