One of my newest addictions is a site called Bare Naked App. Ryan and Gillian Carson, a married couple who are also business partners, are developing a new web application for public consumption and, hopefully, profit. Through their site, they are letting us see inside every decision they make and every challenge they face as they build this new aspect of their business. It´s entrepreneurial voyeurism and I can´t get enough of that kind of thing.
After getting hooked on their trials and tribulations, I searched out to get a Google portrait of the Carson´s and came across something else that they are trying out. I loved everything about it. Despite running a web application already, developing another, running a website that needs regular updating, and putting on seminars for computer programmers, they have decided to commit themselves to working just a four day work week. They were and are incredibly busy, but they felt that they didn´t have enough time to relax and enjoy the life that they are trying to build for themselves. They have so much work to do all the time and they never seem to get ahead of it, but as Ryan pointed out so astutely, "there will always be more to do. Working more won´t change that.´
The Carson´s came to the realization that so many of us never do. By working five or six or seven days a week you take the work you have to do and spread it out over five or six or seven days. If you set a schedule and are committed to sticking to it, then your work will contract to fit into the space that you give it. Or else it won´t, and in many cases that won´t matter either. The work that you aren´t able to get to in the time you set to get to your work probably doesn´t need to be done.
The Carson´s didn´t change their schedules cold turkey. They eased into their new Monday to Thursday work week gradually. They are fortunate enough to work for themselves and have the flexibility to make their schedule and make it work for them. Like all good ideas, though, the challenge isn´t to do exactly what someone else did. The challenge is to take an idea which excites you and find a way to make it work for you.