The 4-Day Workweek

Starting October 1st, we will experiment with a 4-day workweek to explore if we can be more productive that way.

As of October 1st, we will be switching to a 4-day workweek. Technically, this will only affect Johannes and myself, because our trainees are working half of their week at VCCP and Maddie actually started with a 4-day work week contract at Third Wave.

This is an experiment and should be also judged as such. Since we are not sure if this is actually something that we can make work for ourselves, we decided to test this for the next two months. It is our goal both to learn from it and to share as many insights about it as possible. If it’s something that’s not compatible with our line of work, so be it. While there are plenty of people out there who are proclaiming that theirs is the one and only method to approach a balanced work week, we don’t belong to them. It probably helps that it is not part of our business model to write and publish a book. At least not on this topic.

So, why are we doing this? There are plenty of reasons. One of which is the quest for being more productive. We noticed two things over the course of the last couple of months. The first one is that being rested helps you to be more productive. While this might seem extremely obvious, it is nevertheless hard to achieve. Secondly, scarcity of time leads to higher output per measurable time interval. We’ve known this for a while now, but lacked the ability to make this knowledge actionable. Part of this experiment is to find out if this is actually true when implemented consistently.

It should be noted that we do not necessarily see the fifth day as a typical day off. It is our attempt to distribute our energy better into output and input days. We want to create a better way for us to focus on the work without having the fear that we’re missing out on reading something. Most of the things that we do read end up being not as time sensitive as they sometimes appear to be and we want to see if we can spend our fifth day on reading, exploring and just giving our brains the ability to wonder without instantly feeling guilty that we are not working.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that nobody will be available on any given Friday. Johannes and I will be doing our 20% shift on different days.

Let the test begin. We’ll keep you posted on our observations.

Author: Igor

Igor likes to connect the dots. As a strategic consultant in an increasingly complex world, he favours broad knowledge over specialisation. In the last five years, he helped shape strategic decisions at large corporations like Deutsche Postbank AG and Deutsche Telekom AG as well as at startups like Amen and refund.me. In his work he is focusing always on finding the appropriate solutions as well as the people who will be executing upon his advice. Beside the consulting work, Igor speaks at international conferences on variety of topics (SXSW, PICNIC, re:publica, etc.).

2 thoughts on “The 4-Day Workweek”

  1. I like your approach. And I’m curious to know how it goes… wish you all the best and good enjoyable reading times without feeling guilty.

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