There is no reason you have to be sitting at your
computer for the typical 9 to 5 day
—just because the rest of the world is.
Parts of the world are experimenting with a four-day workweek with their employees, and finding impressive results. Employees are not only significantly more productive, but happier—According to the Center for a New American Dream, employees who work more than 11 hours a day are 2.5 times more likely to develop depression and 60 times more likely to develop heart disease.
While it might seem like a foreign experiment that is a world away from the mindset of the U.S. workplace, many companies and freelancers are adopting the shorter-the-better approach. Keep reading to see if this approach is right for you.
ORGANIZE YOUR WEEK AHEAD OF TIME
It will be of utmost important to have an efficient schedule since your window of time is reduced.
Map out your weekly schedule and plan ahead to eliminate any ineffectiveness or distractions that could potentially prevent you from being able to enjoy your 4-day schedule.
Prioritizing tasks and tending to urgent details first will help you from having your time taken away from you towards the end of your 4-day week.
SET EXPECTATIONS WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Set clear expectations with others, and most importantly, with yourself.
Have a consistent day off so your team members and clients know your schedule. Set clear guidelines about whether or not you will be reachable via phone or email on your day off.
Sometimes, things come up so set up some contingencies such as being available via email for urgent matters that come up on a Friday. Otherwise, it’s important to resist the urge to respond to anything less manic until Monday.
BATCH YOUR TIME
With the freedom of more time can come with some setbacks. Remaining self-motivated is essential for success and quality output.
Time management is a double-edged sword, and if you are a procrastinator by nature, it can definitely be hard to find a schedule that works for you.
Time-batching, instead of scheduling a variety of tasks that utilize various parts of your skill set, is a way to designate particular days to work on specific areas of your job.
A sample schedule could look like:
- Monday mornings for finances and invoices
- Tuesdays are for business development and sales
- Wednesdays are for creative work
This will help you to maintain your timelines, meet goals, keep clients happy.