My Experiment with the 4-Day Work Week

4-day work week [person relaxing with their feet up on the sofa

This week Leanne shares her experiment with a 4-day work week.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

Spoiler alert, Leanne is sticking with a 4-day work week for the foreseeable!

Parkinson’s Law

Compression of tasks

Dopamine hit of ticking off tasks and working at a fast pace

Focus required to compress your tasks

Key Takeaways:

Have a to do list

Ignore unsolicited communications or tasks that do not require your attention

Organise your tasks and diary so you can hit the ground running each day

Use the after-burn of exercise to fuel you

Use the extra free time for recovery and restorative activities

More rest makes you more efficient on your working days

Action Steps:

If you’re looking to work fewer days, now this may be six days down to five, five days down to a four day work week, whatever it is these are some key actions to help you get started.

Complete your task list at the end of each day ready for the next

Block your diary with time to complete longer tasks

Make sure your teams, clients and colleagues know your new working schedule

Focus on recovery once the working week is done, get a massage, spend time with friends, get out in nature

Use future retrospection to consider what that condensed 4-day work week might look like for you, how would it feel and what would you do with that extra day(s)?

Leanne said

“To maximise efficiency and to, to be clear, I’m not talking about hyper-productivity coming in, crushing the day, doing seven things at once. But in order to come in and hit the ground running, particularly if I’ve got a hard morning task to do or to present a keynote is, I’ll use the after-burn of exercise. I’ll do a workout then when I’ve got all those endorphins and that serotonin, that dopamine hit from the workout, I’ll get into the office and use that to fuel me through the next few hours.”

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