Mondays Are Great, Fridays Are Hard. So Why Work 5 Days?
There’s something about a Monday morning that I just love. I just can’t wait to get the week started. Although I tend to work most weekends it’s in the more relaxed environment of my home with all my favourite stuff and people around me. Without interruptions from staff and clients. And so I feel really rejuvenated and refreshed when I start the week on a Monday. I feel like the week ahead is filled with potential.
So Mondays are great, as are Tuesdays and even Wednesdays. But by Thursday work is starting to feel hard going. Everything starts to feel a just little bit harder. I’m not the person I was at the beginning of the week. I’m not as fresh and I’m not as upbeat. I am still completing my work, and getting stuff done but it’s just not as easy as it was a couple of days ago. Why is this?
I achieve so much more, and at a higher quality in the first three days. In fact, I believe that I do the equivalent of a 40 hour week worth of work in those three days.
Why is it that the standard working week requires that I continue to work when I’m not working at my best, let alone enjoying it?
Why are we trying to work in way that doesn’t necessarily suit us?
I believe that we need to start finding a way to work that means that we’re giving people access to hours where their output is at their optimum. The things that we should be considering are is this person a morning person or a night person? What days/time of the week are the best time for their lifestyle?
For some people this means taking into consideration family, sport, another business, church, health and hobbies. What type of remuneration do they want — money, time, health and wellbeing benefits, personal projects or charitable contributions. If we cater to all of these things don’t you think we’d be getting a happier, less stressed person and therefore higher quality of output?
The way we work has got to change. With the internet making information flow so cheap and fast this should be easy. Considering the costs of transport, rent in large cities and car parking then living in a smaller town or non-inner city suburb whilst working from home is entirely possible.
I think of the big buildings in expensive CBDs that have been built for 8–10 hours days. What is happening with this building and its equipment for the remaining 10–14 hours? This seems like a lot of waste to me, or maybe a lost opportunity for businesses that trade in the night hours. The stress of driving into the city in peak hour traffic every day just makes this worse. Maybe we could make the hours of businesses vary so peak hours are not so bad? Maybe as a standard practice people can work two days a week from home.
I don’t know the answers, but I will be implementing flexible working strategies with my business. We have talked about it since day one. Some us love working everyday, some of us don’t. Some of us need a lot of time out, some of us don’t. Its about finding out what works best for everyone, and building an amazing business around this. I’d be pretty interested to hear how other businesses are working through this. Let me know your ideas and I’ll keep you guys updated with our progress.