If you are anything like me I have had to cram 5 days into 4 and whilst I loved the long weekend it made me wonder if I could be more effective, especially with 2 Bank Holidays on the horizon.
Like many workers in the UK I don’t work a traditional 37 or 40 hour week. I find myself working late into the evenings and sometimes the weekends just to keep up to date with everything.
Over five million people in the UK regularly work overtime unpaid, resulting in employers benefiting from £33.6 billion of free work last year alone.
Long hours are not good for us; they cause stress; they're bad for our health; they wreck relationships; they make caring for children or dependents more difficult; and tired, burnt-out staff are bad for business.
So what can we do about it….
Just a few weeks ago the Green Party announced plans to investigate the possibility of a three-day weekend. Caroline Lucas promised to consider “radical” new policies to “redefine the relationship between work and life” stating “We are now the sixth largest economy in the world. People are working even more hours getting ever more stressed”.
But is a 4 day work week really feasible?
Supposedly, a four-day week allows workers extra time to pursue leisure activities and family togetherness and a variety of business have tested the four-day concept, including Amazon, Google, and Deloitte with variable degrees of success.
But for me and most people in the UK the problem with this idea is that whatever work needs to be done, needs to get done and by reducing working hours people have less time to do the work in. So the only real way to address this is to increase productivity.
So this week I have spent some time exploring ways I can be more efficient. I got some great results by implementing 3 simple changes:
I am now finishing my week, on time may I add, having clawed back the day I lost at the beginning of the week by using these three steps to increase efficiency. So why not give them a try, I would love to hear how you get on and if you have any tips you can share on productivity drop me a line as I like having work free weekends.