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Ever heard of Parkinson's Law?

It's the idea that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. In other words, it doesn't matter if we have 1 hour or 3 hours to complete a task, we'll get it done in the time we have. 

Which begs the question: Do we really need a 5-day, 40-hour work week?

Workers in New Zealand might not think so. 

An eight-week trial conducted in New Zealand earlier this year found that overall a four-day week increased teamwork and work engagement while decreasing workers' stress.

Employees were happier, too.

"When you are more positive about your job and your life while on the job, it relates to being able to be more productive," said Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, an associate professor of economics and strategy at the University of Oxford.

So where does that leave us? Well, we probably won't see a 3-day weekend schedule anytime soon, but there are ways to be more productive and happier in the meantime.

Research shows that an ideal work-to-break ratio is 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest

And remember, more hours at the office does not equal more productivity. Daniel Cook, a game developer, does a great job of visualizing diminishing productivity as a result of working 60 hours (or more) per week:




Lately, I've been experimenting with longer days Monday-Thursday and then a half-ish day on Friday.

Here's (roughly) what my schedule looks like:

Monday: 7am - 5pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5pm
Wednesday: 7am - 4pm
Thursday: 7am - 4pm
Friday: 7am - 1pm

I've noticed that I'm happier on Fridays and look forward to getting back into the groove more on Mondays. 

Have you tried anything similar?

Until next Friday, Thinkers

- Brian

P.S. Here's what most remote companies don’t tell you about remote work
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