The Four-Day Week Challenge

by Ryan Carson

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  1. Thanks for the article Ryan. I currently work full time for a software company but in 2005 I spent half the year working 4 days. I have been there for almost 7 years, put in a lot of time, and they know the value they get from my energies, so my boss was open to the idea.
    It also helps when your motivations for cutting back are in the right place. In my case, I needed desperately to do some artwork as well as some side Web projects. My free day was very busy but it wasn’t a job, it was passionate work.
    My company considers 32 hours full time so I kept my full benefits. My pay and vacation accrual got cut back 20% (hey, something’s gotta give) which in the end proved to be a bit too much to bear as my wife is not working to pick up the lost 20%. Even so, I wouldn’t have given up those 6 months for anything, and I do plan to do it again in the future.

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  2. If, instead of that 10% raise, you negotiate a 10% cut in your working week, can you retire in 10 years time?! 

    Accountants can explain why not, but it’s a nice idea.  I set myself a new rule about a month ago – no working between 5pm and 8pm, and no work on weekends.  My kids are happier, my wife is happier, and strangely I get more done – there’s a hard limit there that has to be respected, so I really concentrate.  And I enjoy the time off!


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  3. I have been working an “off” schedule of 2am to 6am, 6 days a week, for about a year now. I take very minimal meetings and phone calls during the daytime hours. I find working when most people are sleeping very productive. I can truly concentrate on work.

    However you choose to schedule your work-week, I find it is very sanity-saving to have “work times” and “not-work times.”

    Kudos for this article!

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