One of my favorite authors is Tim Ferriss, who wrote “The Four Hour Workweek”, “The Four Hour Body”, and “The Four Hour Chef”. As I was speaking to one of my clients the other day, we started to discuss how much time is wasted on the job with superfluous meetings, emails, and antiquated projects.
I then said, “Wouldn’t it be great to cut down on all the days we work and squeeze 5 days into 4?” Could we work faster, more efficiently and effectively? Do we really need to move the 8 hours from a Friday and distribute 2 hours to Monday-Thursday? What would happen if we said we’d get the same job done in 32 instead of 40 hours?
I know — your reflexive/debate mind is clicking in: “Not everyone can do this. There are some workers who are paid hourly and many businesses who need to be open 5, 6, and 7 days a week.” I agree, but stick with me for a moment.
Let’s amend the hourly discussion and still maintain a 40 hour workweek, but you might work 10 hours a day? With those businesses who need to remain open, they can schedule their associates to spread out over the “3 day weekend”. Instead of 9-5, we would work 8-6 (or 7-5, or like me 6-4) – ensuring 10 hours every day.
Families can spend more time together, workers are more productive while they’re on the job, less impact to commuting congestion, and everyone will enjoy 72 hours of vacation each week. I know it would make even the worst job more bearable.
Schools might still be on a 5 day schedule, but parents might be integrated in their kids learning and help out at school. Maybe that ‘free’ day is a volunteer day to help out the less fortunate, clean up a park, or assist a senior with their shopping.
I still think we can do the 32 hour week — rarely do people work 8 hours a day full out, using every fiber of their time.
What would the world be like if we took one day a week and spent it helping one another?
I would LOVE your feedback. Tell me how you feel — and how you would do it!