Out of the average 40 hours in a five-day work week, you’re probably only productive for about six hours in each day for a weekly total of 30 productive hours (it’s okay, you can be honest – we’re all friends here). Don’t believe me? Think about the time you or your co-workers spend on the internet, talking to someone about what movie you saw last night, going to the bathroom, making a personal phone call – I bet these all add up to about 2 hours a day. Still unconvinced? Consider how in a “short week” you manage to produce nearly as much work as a regular week. And, by the end of those four days, you find yourself saying, “wow, for a short week this certainly felt long.” So, if you can get relatively the same work done in four days as in five days, why not move to four-day work weeks with a much-coveted three-day weekend? Really, this isn’t that big of a logic leap: some companies already offer adjusted work schedules such as 4 days x 10 hours. But I’m more interested in 4 days x 8 hours.
A few months ago, I supported the go-live of a large, organization-wide project. Along with many other poor souls, I ended up being given a crash-course on becoming a zombie:
|start working more than 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, living out of a hotel room|
Ever wondered why you’re totally exhausted at 2 o’clock in the afternoon? Ever been so frustrated with the work in front of you that you want to throw things? Ever think you’re trapped in your mind and can’t seem to get out? You’re not alone: all of these things are related to an imbalance in your eating habits, your time spent concentrating on work, and your physical fitness.