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Have You Decided to Start Working a 4-Day Work Week Yet?

 

 

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Have you decided that you're going to work a 4-Day Work Week yet?

All Goals Are a Choice

One of the things people seem to forget is that working a 4-Day Work Week or any other desirable schedule, or any other goal in life, needs to be a choice.

Some people will say it needs to happen in the mind first, that you need to envision it. But whether you even get to envision it or not, at some point you've got to decide.

That’s not to say it has to be a very dramatic decision. At some point, didn’t you decide you were going to get a job? In the morning, don’t you decide that you're going to brush your teeth? Everything from the most complex decision to the most simple decision still needs to happen in order for you to move forward with something.

So many people I talk to about working a 4-Day Week remind me of where I used to be. They have tons of reasons why it's not possible.

They tell me about their bills, they tell me about...

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Is Your Inner Child Stopping You from Working 4 Days?

 

 

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Is your inner child preventing you from working a 4-Day Work Week?

And if so, what are you going to do about it?

The Inner Child Loves Drama

I promise I’m not trying to be funny here. I have a Master's degree in mental health counseling and psychology. I've been a coach for 20 years. I've done a lot of work on the beliefs we have and the things that can slow us down and keep us from reaching our goals, our potential and our dreams.

To put it simply, sometimes we seem to prefer the drama. I don't know why – maybe that's just how we're wired. My dad likes to tell the story about how when I was a kid and I was playing baseball, if there was a fly ball coming that I had to catch, instead of just standing there and catching the ball like normal, I would do this whole thing where I had to psyche myself up and then make a huge show of catching the ball.

If you watch soccer (or football if you’re outside the US), there are some...

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The 20-Hour Pair of Jeans

 

 

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Would you work 20 hours to get a pair of jeans?

The Story of the Jeans

I asked this question to one of the young adults I was working with at a runaway shelter many years ago. I was working on my master's degree in mental health counseling and psychology, and as part of it I worked with kids who were in the shelter’s addictions management program, as well as some of the kids with anger issues.

One of the kids I was talking to that day was telling me his troubles: how he didn't have enough money to buy cool stuff for his girlfriend, and then have some fun outside as well.

I said, “Tell me something. You’ve got some nice new jeans there. Did you steal them?”

He replied, "No, no, I didn't steal them."

“Okay, are there any sales going on?” I asked.

"No, Mr. Wade."

“Okay, how much did those jeans cost?”

“The jeans cost $100.”

“Okay, how much do you make per hour?”

I think the...

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Your Most Important Life Experiences

 

 

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What's going to make you happier: more time inside work, or more free time outside work?

Your Most Life-Changing Moments

Here’s a very simple question for you: if you were to write down the 20 most impactful, powerful, life-changing, enjoyable moments in your life, where did they happen? Did they happen at work, or did they happen outside of work?

This is not an attack on work. I love work! I love being creative, helping people, creating value, and doing things that make the world a better place. I also love making money, and all that good stuff that goes along with it.

But when I recently made a list, I looked back at the list I made of my most important life events. As I went down the list, I thought about where all these things happened, and what type of experiences they were, categorizing them. Were they achievements in sports? Were they work related? Were they romantic? Or to do with friendship?

As I went down the list, I found...

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The Teacher and the Executive

 

 

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Do you ever feel like you're working way too hard to make something happen? Like you're struggling and it just isn’t working out for you?

HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE?

I want to tell you a very simple but powerful story about somebody I know that ran into that same problem, and how they were able to address it.

It all centers around creating a lifestyle that we most want, and how much we’re willing or able to wait for it.

A lot of us have been raised to believe that everything takes hard work. To be clear, most things that are worth doing do require hard work at some point. Usually you've got to break the gravity of the situation—to get out of the habit or rut that you’re in, and make something happen.

But not everything that's worth having needs to take a lot of effort forever. More importantly, delaying gratification for the sake of it is not always the best answer.

Sometimes it's necessary to...

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What Do You Miss Out On When You Work Too Much?

 

 
       

What are you missing out on when you're working too many hours?

LOST OPPORTUNITIES

A lot of people don't like to think about this question. When I ask most entrepreneurs what they think they're missing out on, they'll say, "I'm not missing anything. I get my work done, and I'm making more money so I can have more things and so my family can be happy."

Very often, especially if you're an entrepreneur, the concept of lost opportunity usually just applies to income. It probably sounds familiar: "If I had done this project, I would have made more money" or “If I hadn't done this project and wasted my time, I could have been doing something else and making more money."

But what are you missing out on with the people around you: your loved ones, your friends and family? I’m not trying to guilt you here, but I really want you to think about it.

THE STRUGGLE TO BE TRULY PRESENT

For me, when I'm working too many...

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´╗┐What Would You Trade to Have Fridays Off Forever?

  

       

What would you be willing to trade or let go of to have Fridays off?

THE HIGHER YOUR EXPENSES, THE MORE YOU HAVE TO WORK

I’m posing this question specifically to the entrepreneurs and those who have direct control over their time, but it also applies to those of you who don't yet have full control of your time at work.

One of the things I learned very quickly as an entrepreneur was that I could work as many or as few hours as I wanted to, but I had to figure out how to balance this with making a certain amount of money.

Generally, the higher my expenses were, the more I had to work.

Of course, if I had a brilliant idea or sold something huge, that was great. As entrepreneurs, we often convince ourselves that we're about to discover the next great thing: something that’s never been seen before and that's going to sell by the truckload. It's great to think like that, and if it happens that's awesome.

But in...

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Remember When You Made Less & Spent Less?

 

      


Remember when you made less and you spent less?

My 4-Day Work Week Dream

Years ago, I was in my 30s and I had a job where my goal was to start making $40,000 a year. At the time, that felt like a huge amount of money to me—maybe it sounds like a lot to you now, or maybe it doesn’t—but at the time it was like a magic number to me.

Up to this point, I’d been trying to save money, moving in and out of my parents’ house, and maxing out my 401k, then later squandering it in stupid ways, all because of impatience. I'll go into more detail about this in another episode.

Eventually I reached $40,000, and I really felt like I’d made it. Bear in mind, I didn’t have kids at this time, or even a girlfriend, so I only had to support myself.

But little by little, my expenses started to creep up. Now that I had achieved my goal of earning $40,000 a year, I could treat myself a bit. This is a familiar story,...

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What Would You Do with 50 Additional Fridays Off?

 

      


If you had 50 Fridays off this year, what would you do with them?

Imagine if every weekend this year was a 3-day weekend. What would you do with that extra time?

Maybe some of the time you’d be able to hang out with friends and family, if they were off work or school, too. Some of the time you could take for yourself, pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, or giving to charity. You could even spend some of the time getting your chores done, freeing up your weekend itself.

There's so much that changes once you start working a 4-day work week, even if you're working 10-hour days, or 40 hours per week. Admittedly, there's research that says 4-day work weeks with 10-hour days don't provide as much benefit to the employees as 4 days of 8 hours, or 32 hours per week.

In most cases, the fewer hours you're working, the less stress you’re under, and the happier you are. But it can still be beneficial even just being able to have...

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