Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia – A poem by Robert Browning:
I can relate this proverb to many aspects of my life and one of them is my work week.
I have seen people spending long hours at work and it feels like all of them are stuck to their daily routine of working, eating, sleeping and repeating a mundane way of living life. We are programmed to believe that working longer and harder begets greater achievement, whereas working less deprives us from achieving the real key to success.
I practice the “four-day work-week” and it has worked fantastically for me. This really doesn’t mean that I work less, but instead I work and stay more focused by accomplishing what’s important during the compressed days I work within. I make sure that I keep a close eye on my to-do list, prioritize my work, stay focused on my productivity and increase work satisfaction. Quality work happens best when uninterrupted, even if it is for a good four days of the week.
My “Four-day work week” strategy helps me spend more time with family, friends and allows me to pursue my hobbies, interests outside of work and also lets me engage with the community, making my work less stressful and allows me to be more innovative and creative.
During my long weekends, I take one day to just pamper myself and get myself organized. My day consists of oil massages, cleansing, clearing the clutter in my surroundings, organizing, planning my week ahead in wonderful silence. I live like a monk in these days and make my own tea in the ashram kitchen. I take care of me and myself takes care of me. I set time aside to have a hectic game of football with the kids. Yes! Sometimes it can get rough, but the energy, enthusiasm and raw power just energizes me! I make it a must to go swimming in the nearby pond every day and spend time cycling, watching movies, meditating and spending the day with the children.
During my work week, I insist one day be dedicated for store visits. I still do this myself as I feel it is crucial to have your feet firmly on the ground and know from the customers and store staff what is it they like and get a feel of the pulse of the brand and competition. I spend this time doing ground research on my own brand and competition. Three days of the week I am in the factory and spend the day meeting my teams – design, marketing, sales and planning for the collections ahead. It’s amazing what I get done in the four days I am at work when I plan my days.