I read an interesting article at the weekend about an experiment in a number of American states where a 4 day week was introduced. The 40 hour weeks was still worked, but the hours were compressed into 4 days. Among other benefits, it led to a cut in energy bills and improved employee wellbeing reflected in lower absenteeism.
We hear a lot about how we should all be working harder and until we are much older. I don’t believe this at all. I think the key to living a much richer life is learning to be content with less. If you need less, you don’t need to work as much or you can choose when you work.
There are a lot of pressures out there – advertising tells us we need this or that object, peer pressure tells us we have to keep up with the Joneses. It’s tough to resist these pressures – I know, I’ve been there, thinking that everything has to be perfect.
One or two things have happened recently and I’m letting go of more of the things I’ve been spending on. I want to stop full time working for somebody else well before I’m 66. That doesn’t mean that I won’t do something else, just that I’d rather be in control of what I’m doing.
Have you managed to work less and live more? Or are you aiming towards this goal?
Until next time, Tawney x