For the past year or so I’ve been averaging just over 4 hours of work per week. I know this because I’ve been using rescuetime.com to monitor my the time spent in different applications and tried to keep a split of applications for my proper work and my random other projects.
I work as a linux, coding and consulting geek. The standard structure of the way I deal with clients is that they give me a specification and a deadline and then I deliver.
There’s alot of things you can do to start off down this road. A few that spring to mind; specialise, enjoy your work, have a good setup, have an idea on how you are going to do a bit of work before you start, work remotely, work sharp, buy less crap, take breaks/stock and have/make contacts.
For me the 4hr work week is all about time and personal freedom. Working in this style just gives the ability not to just seat warm for the 8hr shift. The number of hours I saw wasted with people unable to get working in the morning, lagging before and after lunch and towards the end of the day, it’s just such a waste of everyones time.
The stats don’t tell the whole story on this. For starters there’s the thinking time needed to actually fully work out the problem, then the logging method isn’t going to get all the time spent and simply the fact I just enjoy what I do. The 4hr work week isn’t for everyone, however it’s something that works for me and gives a good work life balance.
Have a good day