I always smile when I see posts on social media from people anxiously awaiting the weekend. Sometimes you see “TGIF” comments. Other times, the doom and gloom appears on Sunday night when my friends are preparing for Monday morning. As an entrepreneur, I don’t have these Monday-Friday requirements.
A recent article, titled, Arguments For A Shorter Workweek, discussed how the 4-day workweek benefits everyone. Two points really made sense to me, and reiterated the freedom I have as a business owner.
The first key benefit is that it makes people healthier. The U.K.’s leading health industry group stated that “the five-day workweek is causing people too much stress and that Britain should instead switch to a four-day workweek.” Other countries have already adopted this work schedule and have found it to be extremely beneficial. Heath issues cited to support this are lower blood pressure readings and reduced anxiety and depression.
The second benefit is the ability to focus better. Co-founder of 37signals, Jason Fried, wrote that a reduced schedule workweek, “makes people more focused on getting things done in the limited time they have. When you have a compressed workweek, you tend to focus on what’s important. Constraining time encourages quality time.”
I’m not going to say that I only work 32 hours a week. Some weeks I work less. Others, more. I enjoy the options and freedom of choosing when and how long I will work. Time flexibility is one of the most important benefits of being a business owner. And it has certainly encourage me to focus, plan, and achieve more in less time.
When you own your own company, you can control the number of hours your work. If you are a home-based businesses have even greater options to set your own hours because you don’t have set times within which your company is operating (compared to a store-front).
Owning a home inventory business has enabled me to eliminate the structure of the 5-day, 40-hour workweek. I determine when and how long. My stress level is lower; my freedom for relaxation is under my control. If you own your own business, consider this shorter workweek. If you’re thinking about becoming a business owner, these are great reasons to act on this dream, and act on it now.