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Forget the 4-day workweek. How about the 5-hour work day?

To give employees flexibility, some companies have experimented with a four-day workweek. But what if instead of shortening the workweek, they shortened the work day, giving employees back a few hours at a time? That’s a question that employers may have to consider more as a larger percentage of their employees are working from home and may be juggling other responsibilities like remote learning for their children.

As a time management coach, I’ve come to see that more is not always more when it comes to the number of hours that you put into your job. And that if you want to reduce your hours or encourage those around you to work less, you need to make some strategic changes in how everyone works to make the shift possible. Here’s what it takes to get more done in less time.

CLARIFY YOUR HOURS

If you’re going to try to work less, you’ll need to get exceptionally clear on when you’re working and when you’re not working. That doesn’t mean that you need to work the exact same hours each day, but it does mean that you need to have clarity on when you’re fully focused on your job and when your attention is on life outside of work.

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