I mentioned right at the turn of the year that I was intent on fixing my work/home life balance.
As a WAHM it is very hard to get any work other than housework done during the day, I’ve an active toddler quite rightly wanting my attention so can’t be sitting on the laptop during the day. This means all actual work is done on the evenings once the kids are in bed.
Now last year often saw me up working until the early hours of the morning getting everything finished. This is no good for me, my kids or my marriage and needed addressing.
This year I’ve have still been working in the evenings but I seem to be managing a little better through my ability to switch off and to say NO!
Often flattered by the opportunities this blog provides I don’t like to say no but it was actually doing me more harm than good.
Over the past 2 weeks I’ve changed my mindset. I’m still behind on my work but I’m realising that sitting up all night doing it doesn’t help my productivity, I make mistakes, get distracted and then stressed.
If I’m too tired I’m going to bed or for a bath or even to watch a movie, to unwind and relax. This means I’m actually more productive the following evening and more gets done.
Until Harry starts Pre-School my working hours will remain evenings but I’m cutting back, or at least I plan too.
It seems I’m not alone infact, many I speak to are trying this and not just my blogging friends. My office working friends too.
It seems 4 day working weeks are becoming more popular and more in demand and I honestly can’t blame them.
I know I’m getting more done strangely so stepping back a little, it opens up more time for other things.
In Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark they are actually the closest to making this 4 day working week a reality.
More than half of UK adults support the notion of a four-day week, with 71% believing it would make them happier. Not surprisingly, 42% of American workers say they would be prepared to sacrifice a proportion of their salary for reduced working hours.
There is a detailed infographic over on the GoToMeeting blog which details the pros and cons of a four day working week.
With some pros including a 50% increase in family time, health benefits and reduced stress but would these outweigh longer working days on those 4 working days with childcare issues and a reduction in pay?
I guess only you could decide if it was for you or not – I’m all for it but then my job is much different and I have the luxury of no childcare problems.
Are you looking to decrease your work load too and are you secretly hoping for a 4 day working week?
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