A lot of people I respect advocate working only four days a week. 32 hours. Their argument is that you waste a lot of time anyway plus, if you start the week knowing you only have four days to work, you’ll get it done.
I found this true when I’ve gone on vacation and had to work around holidays.
Somehow, when I start the week with only three days to work, I still get everything done.
So this week Joseph and I are instituting a four day work week. Plus one more day.
We’ll still be in the office on Friday but the day will be spent moving Out:think forward instead of constantly having our head down in the day-to-day work.
Things we’ll be doing today:
- Writing blog posts for the coming week
- Reading some articles we’ve bookmarked
- Cultivating LinkedIn and refreshing contact with with potential referral sources
- Fleshing out our big plans for January and February of ’09
- Moving forward on a couple open source projects
- Knocking out some administrative stuff with taxes and paperwork
I’ve already noticed a change in how I worked this week. When something came to mind that I wanted to blog about or somebody I wanted to touch base with, I just made a note on it as something to do on Friday. It helped me relax and take care of the work at hand and now I’ve come in today with a great todo list of stuff that usually never gets done.
Our goals for this change are:
- Provide better service for our clients, as we’ll be able to focus solely on the task at hand Monday through Thursday
- Make sure we keep work coming in the door by taking time to cultivate referrals and do some marketing
- Start giving back to the community, specifically the WordPress community
- Start implementing a few projects that have been sitting on the back burner
- Keep the really annoying, but necessary, administrative stuff up to date
This is our first week with the experiment so we’ll see how it goes!
December 5, 2008