Week 103

Back from vacation at last, we’re starting to experiment with a 4-day-work-week and got a lot more coming up.

I’m back from my first two-week vacation since 2004. It’s been some time since I’ve felt that recharged. So let’s get straight back to work.

The 4-Day Workweek

As you might have read on our blog, we are starting a two-months experiment with a 4-day workweek on October 1st. Well, it depends on how you define work if you want to count the fifth day as work or not. Anyway, from October, Igor and I will be taking four days a week to completely focus on projects and client work. We won’t take the fifth day completely off, but use it more for inspiration and open-minded exploration.

Personally, I’ve been fascinated with this approach that companies like Google and 37signals have spearheaded, for quite a while. In a work day full of temptations to multitask between strategy development, researching and inspiration coming in, it’s sometimes hard to concentrate. I’ve been experimenting with having dedicated time slots for different tasks throughout the day for some time. Taking it to the next level with doing it on a weekly base seems the obvious next step.

We will keep you posted about the experiment here in the week notes. If you want to know more right now, check out the article.

Coming up

I will be joining Klaas Bollhoefer from The unbelievable Machine on Thursday to deliver a keynote at the Big Data Congress in Offenbach. We will talk about how we tend to forget about the end-users in our big-data-projects and how they won’t take it anymore. It’s going to be fun.

On Friday, I will be in Vienna to finish off a project with our new friends at Men on the Moon.

A bit further out, I will be attending the Playful conference in London on October 19. Really looking forward to this one as just reading about the conference last year left me with a lot to think about.

PS: We’re still looking for a new office space somewhere in Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.