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    • Would be interesting to know about how a 4 day work week works for people and businesses.

      Anyone want to share what it is like for them as a person? As an employee would you be in favor of it? Business people to weigh in on what it is like for their business? Why not do it?

      Nixon predicted it. Workers have asked for it. And businesses and governments have experimented with it for decades. The world has been talking about the four-day workweek for half a century, so what’s taking so long?

      The idea pops up every so often in expectant headlines. Just last week, Microsoft Japan inspired a flood of stories after reporting that, in a trial, shortened weeks had boosted productivity by about 40 percent. Yet the four-day workweek is the flying car of labor: a profound advancement that has seemed just around the corner for decades.

      Apparently there are several factors involve that seem to be preventing this from happening: institutional, cultural, and inertia. And maybe a major one: choosing luxuries over leisure and the only way to get them is to work more.

      Results from studies have been a bit hard to come by and varied.

      But there seems to be a lot of employees in favor or working a shorter week.

      Are you?

    • My husband works a 4 day week, still right around 40 hours. It’s an improvement over 5 days for sure. Even just having a weekday to take care of things like dental, haircuts, or a grocery run frees up the weekend for hobbies and leisure. His day off isn’t a Friday, and I would imagine having most people working 4 days would help with things like rush hour if the days were varied.

      I was interested in this statement from the article:

      “Americans were increasingly choosing luxuries over leisure and the only way to get more luxuries was to work more.”

      I wonder about the implications of that statement if it’s true. My leisure time is when I soak up nature, connect with others, get creative, restore my spirit, etc. If we are generally trading that for ease and pampering, that sounds like a vicious cycle. Leisure restores us so we can work when needed, Luxury sounds like a task master that requires ever more work.

    • Over many many years of never stopping working (since 1980 to be more exact), I came to look at life exactly like a jar of pebbles described by this metafor.

      I don't think it's luxuries people need, and perhaps even want, most of the time as any intelligent person will sooner or later realize what's important in life. There is however the biggest challenge, how do we scale down the amount of time spent away from actually living our lives..

    • “Americans were increasingly choosing luxuries over leisure and the only way to get more luxuries was to work more.”

      I tend to use some of my vacation days for an every other month “catch up” on to dos (appointments, stuff that needs to get done on a weekday). It’s also a day to sleep in late if I need it, as well as to (hopefully) add in something enjoyable. I would gladly work ten hour days, and possibly even 12 hour days, for a four day work week.

    • Here is an interesting approach some took to accomplish what they felt worth living.

      I feel for their ideas, but could do without road kill 😋 and wonder what are your thoughts..