A four-day work week in the UK
In June, 70 companies and their 3,300 employees started a four-day work week pilot program. The early responses make an interesting read. Halfway through, in September, the New York Times and Forbes reported good results with no loss in productivity.
A while back, I asked in Post Status Slack‘s #business channel if anyone has tried a similar practice with shorter work periods. Justin Sainton said they’re almost to that point at Zao:
“We’re still five days a week, but our Fridays are very, very, very chill. No meetings, minimal client work.”
Ginger Coolidge said Sandhills did a four-day week last summer — “and it was amazing, such a quality-of-life bonus.”
Justin pointed to a white paper that was the convincer for him: The Four-Day Week: Guidelines for an Outcome-Based Trial Raising Productivity and Engagement. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang‘s Strategy and Rest is another solid source of sources dedicated to advancing the four-day week.
What good sources for professional development have you found?
Programming your own internal presets
Ivaylo Durmonksi breaks down “implementation intentions” and some ways to make them work in your life. The idea comes from Peter Gollwitzer who noticed how hard it is to maintain good habits. Our intentions tend to get derailed, so Gollwitzer’s solution is to have preset plans for what you’ll do when you’re derailed. Ivaylo explains:
Or in other words, in combination with setting healthy habits. You also create a list of fallback behavior in the following format:
Whenever situation X arises, I will summon the goal-directed response Y.
It’s almost like adding snippets of code in your brain that will be triggered based on predefined conditions.
This is hard to do when you have many sources of distraction. Ivaylo has some suggestions about how you can prepare for that and keep true to your intentions.