Saturday, February 11, 2006

Alternative work hours

5 days a week really isn't working for me. Says me, here at work on Saturday.

I'd like to propose some alternatives:

1) 5 - 6 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Working just 5 hours a day means they can be top quality, from a productivity point of view. Obviously some of those days would need to be home-based, to reduce travel time and impact on family life.

2) 10 hour days, 4 days a week.
Get work over and done with, with a longer recovery period. Minimise "set-up time" involved with preparing and travelling. A day where I work "9 to 5" is already shot, so the 50% increase in recovery/leisure time more than compensates for the 2 nearly worthless hours on weeknights.

3) 12 hours days, 3 days a week.
Variant of number 2, obviously suitable only for some types of work. For me, if I could work Midday to midnight or 3pm to 3am, I find that so much easier than getting up in the mornings.

Thinking about it, I'm going to try #2 by stealth. If I knock off 2 to 4 hours early on Friday afternoon, I find that it's almost as good as a 3 day weekend. And it's not hard to work the required 38 hours in 4.5 days.


  • I'm a staunch supporter of Option 2. I'd take the extra day off either as a long weekend, or mid-week (as a Wednesday), either would suit me. I already regularly do 10+ hour days, so I'd effectively be getting something for nothing, which would suit me just fine! :)

    By Blogger Manaz, at 7:01 am  

  • /waves HI!
    I would advocate my working hours - start at 6am- finish at 2pm

    except it can get a bit boring in the arv's some days.

    Also i pay for these wonderful working hours by doing random saturdays.

    By Blogger badg3er, at 6:57 am  

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