Did you know that in the 1930’s, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that ‘eventually’ people would be working a 15 hour week.
His analysis shown huge leaps in technology, production and automation.
However, his prediction was wrong – and in modern times the average person works 5 days per week, equating to 37-40 hours of their life, each week, engrossed in work.
Do you know why? Consumerism.
After the 1930’s technology advanced and cars, computers, TV’s and electrical gadgets were in reach of the average person – almost.
People wanted stuff and ‘keeping up with the Jones’ became a thing. People wanted the house, the car, the electrical goods – and that all came at a price!
But here’s the thing – Humans aren’t biologically built to work long hours. In fact, humans are generally productive for around 2.5 hours per day – with regards to work.
Meaning that the rest of the time we are less productive – yet glued to our desks, work stations or place of work.
Over recent years there has been a movement. Groups of people who are campaigning for a 4 day work week – Giving people more time with their friends and family, and more time to live their lives.
After all – That’s the whole point of living, right?
So, what’s the thought process behind the 4-day work week?
Studies have been carried out that proves we can work less hours, and still achieve the same level of work (or even more).
In fact, trials for the 4-day work week were carried out in Iceland with overwhelming success.
People in Iceland had their work days reduced down to 4 days per week whilst getting paid the same, but for shorter hours.
Productivity remained the same for the majority of workplaces, and in some cases it even increased.
The reason for this is because working less results in less stress. Freeing up that extra day to spend as you like increases happiness, productivity and focus.
People found that due to the extra time off work, they were able to effectively compress their workload into a 4 day week.
Their work didn’t suffer, and their life was improved. Sounds like a win / win situation, right?
Over the last month or two I have been researching this, as this is something that I want to move to myself. In fact, my goal eventually is to move to a 3-day work week. Work Monday to Wednesday (and be extremely focused) and free up Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to do as I please.
Hike, explore, and live my life whilst I’m able to.
My business is VERY flexible as it is, and if I want to take time off, I do it. However, it would be good to make this a way of life, rather than a ‘spur of the moment’ whim.
Would you like to work less and LIVE more? Do you think you can find a way to do it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to post a comment below.
Remember, you’re in charge of your own life, and if you want to make changes in your life, you have the power and will to do so.
It’s simple – Formulate a plan and then execute it.
We have one shot at this thing called life and it’s your responsibility to create the life you want. I know I am.
To your success