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What I learned from taking Fridays off

A year into the pandemic, the lines between “work” and “not work” are blurrier than ever, especially for professionals operating virtually. During the first few months of the pandemic, when it seemed plausible that the entire economy would collapse forever, I threw myself into work projects, trying to vacuum up all possible revenue because I feared the chance would never come around again.

I wasn’t alone: Studies have shown that, contrary to most expectations, productivity actually increased during the COVID-19 crisis last year. Those of us lucky enough to be working have hustled to grow revenue, land more clients, and simultaneously build our brands. But after so many months of sprinting, many of us wonder: Somehow, might it be possible to work just a little less hard? And what do we actually want our work lives to look like, anyway?

That’s why, last September, I decided to commit to a goal I’d long talked about but had never operationalized: taking Fridays off. It seemed wildly hedonistic to consider, and impractical as I thought about my typical Friday routine, filled with client calls, meetings, and triaging my inbox. But for six months, I’ve managed to keep my resolution, and I intend to make it an ongoing feature of how I do business moving forward.

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