Just because you're an employee, that doesn't mean you have to be working long hours forever.
20+ years ago, when I first began trying to work less than a 5 days a week, the corporate environment wasn’t really ready for that. It was all very clear-cut: People had to work certain hours, and had to do things a certain way, and had to be present in the office.
If I asked to work fewer hours, the answer was always, "Well, if we let you work fewer hours, we’d have to let everybody else work fewer hours. Then where would we be?"
Thankfully, as the marketplace has become increasingly results-focused, many small business owners and some larger corporations are starting to understand how important it is to have people be fresh, get results, and retain employees for the long run.
There's a saying in recruiting that goes ‘I'd rather hire great people and ultimately lose them than...
The 4-Day Work Week Apprentice stage of the 4-Day Work Week Journey is focused on maximizing your life outside of work without even needing to change jobs.
Whether you're a worker, an employee, an entrepreneur or a business owner, the Apprentice stage is all about making sure you're able to make the most of:
In each of these stages, there are certain milestones that let you know you're on the right track and you're mastering that stage. They don’t mean you'll stay there forever. I know sometimes I master certain parts and then I lose my footing on other parts, but when I do these things, life is a whole lot better.
For every one of these milestones I'm going to give you, you can decide whether or not you want to do them. If you do, set a target date, and maintain or monitor your status for that...
The first stage in the 4-Day Work Week journey is to become a 4-Day Work Week Apprentice. Many people will move further along the process, and they'll become a 4-Day Work Week Entrepreneur or even a Business Owner, but they won't have mastered some of the milestones and the things that need to be mastered to be a good 4-Day Work Week Apprentice.
The 4-Day Work Week Apprentice is focused on maximizing your life outside of work, without having to change jobs, whether you're an entrepreneur or an employee. It’s all about optimizing:
For each of those 4 areas, there are certain milestones that help you know that you're on the right track. For me, sometimes I’m on top of these milestones and sometimes I’m not, but I know that I’m a lot happier when I’m...
The 4-Day Work Week Apprentice stage is the first stage in the 4-Day Work Week Journey. It's where we focus on maximizing your life outside of work without even needing to change jobs.
Whether you're already an entrepreneur, or whether you're an employee, this lesson applies for you, and will work for you. In each of these stages where we work towards mastery of the 4-Day Work Week Lifestyle, the Apprentice stage focuses on controlling and optimizing what you already have. This includes making the most of your:
In each of these steps there are milestones you can achieve that let you know you're mastering the process as much as possible. As somebody who is simultaneously a student and a mentor, sometimes I have these things down, and sometimes I don't. When I'm doing these things, my life is much better. When I'm not, it's...
Are you making room for your most important relationships? Do you get enough quality time with your loved ones and friends?
The 4-Day Work Week Apprentice
There are 4 stages to the 4-Day Work Week journey. Most people proceed through these stages as they gain mastery.
The first stage is called the 4-Day Work Week Apprentice. Here, we focus on maximizing our life outside of work without needing to change jobs. Over time, we might evolve to the next step of being a 4-Day Worker, or even to being an entrepreneur or business owner.
However, no matter what point you are at on the journey, we all need to be able to master our ability to optimize life outside of work. This process includes optimizing:
How we invest our time
How we invest our money
The things we possess.
In any of these stages, there are certain milestones you achieve that help to confirm that you have mastered that...
Today, I want to help you learn something that I thought I knew, but then because I was little to clever with things, it ended up kicking me in the butt and took me a while to figure it out properly. That’s right: credit card debt.
Maybe you're in the same situation. If you look at statistics on credit card debt for Americans, you'll see numbers anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 per individual or $10,000 to $16,000 per household. There’s a lot of data out there that you can interpret in many different ways, but we at least know there’s plenty of credit card debt in the USA.
Rather than try to prove anything, I want to just show you a simple mathematical example of what having credit card debt can be costing you in vacation time.
Doing the Math on Credit Card Debt
Imagine you have $12,000 of credit card debt, and you're paying 25% on that. 25% of $12,000 would be $3,000 annually, and if you...
Do less, make more. Work less, make more. Sounds kind of like nonsense doesn't it?
That is, until you consider the fact that sometimes we do tasks that don’t work for us.
This Week’s Drop
There's that old saying, “Once you find yourself digging a hole, stop digging.” Sometimes the simplest way to free up more time and to make more money available to you is to stop digging. If you're over-spending, stop digging. If you're working on a project that's not paying you, stop digging. If you're working for somebody who undervalues your time and pays you way too little, stop digging.
Each week, I invite people on our social media through Instagram or Facebook or Twitter to consider what the one thing they can drop this week would be. One activity, one responsibility, one chore: whatever it is that’s costing you time but not giving you any reward.
If you could only complete 1 task this week what would you do?
Working One Task at a Time
If you follow any of my social media on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, you'll notice that every Monday I ask a simple question: what's the one task you have to complete this week that will make the biggest impact on your life? That might be something you do at work, or something you do in your personal life. Then I ask even further: how long will it take, and when you're going to do it?
One of the most important misunderstandings when I talk about working a 4-Day Work Week, or when any coach talks about greater productivity or getting more results in less time, is people thinking that we're trying to come up with shortcuts so we can cheat the system.
But this isn’t about some magic trick; it’s just about understanding that there are certain things you do that are worth a lot more in terms of income and...
Have you ever had one of those vacations that just went way too long?
Knowing What You Want to Do with Your Time Off
We’ve all been there, I’m sure. You were excited to go on vacation when you started, and to be off work. But then at some point, things shifted. You got kind of bored, or you didn't like where you were, or you just weren't enjoying yourself. And at some point, you found yourself practically cringing at the thought that you knew you'd rather be back in your normal routine, and back at work.
One of the main reasons more people don't work a 4-Day Work Week is that they haven’t figured out what they want to do outside of their normal schedule. They haven’t found something that's really going to excite them.
I don’t mean this as an insult, or as a way to put people down. Most of us have experienced boredom. In fact, boredom might be the biggest challenge of this era in human...
Are you doing your soul work? Are you doing the work you were called to do? And does that even matter?
What is Soul Work?
As somebody who has spent more than 20 years exploring this question and applying it to my own life, I can tell you that there are a lot of different ways to approach it, and there is no one right answer.
However, there are a few things you can do to help put yourself on the right path.
The first thing to consider is that your soul work might not be what you do for a living. There are different schools of thoughts on this. Some people will say “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” That was a very good, very popular book written years ago.
There are other people who will say “Do what you can do to make the biggest amount of money in the smallest amount of time, and then take time off to do what you love.”
In my experience as somebody who's gone back and forth between...