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Issue #198  (The Case Against Collaboration) 11/28/22

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In today's article links below, there's a report from a UK-based company that's moved to a four-day work week, that's part of a larger pilot program that involves dozens of organizations.

You can check out that link below, but in keeping with that theme, a Hacker News reader a few months back asked: Anyone working 4 day week here, as an employee?

The main question in the post description is about how to acquire such a position, so there's lots of discussion on that. But the comments in the thread allow you to get what might be a more honest (though likely unsubstantiated) view of teams' successes and failures trying out a four-day work week.

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One of the key takeaways from the thread is that many people have negotiated a 32-hour work week that's equal to or more than the pay of many in other companies working 40 hours.

That's an important part of negotiating for something like this. You have to be prepared to grind maybe a little more than usual for four days, to ensure you get done what you need and can justify taking that day off every week.

I also like the strategy of the top commenter. This person basically stayed at their current 40-hour job while interviewing on the side. At the end of each interview, they asked to work four days per week. Eventually, someone accepted the offer and their current salary is bigger than it was before when working 40 hours.

As alluded to above, these are anecdotal anonymous comments on a web forum, so take the results with a grain of salt. But I think the underlying strategies are something we can all consider if we desire a four-day work week.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

SwiftReply — Chrome extension or iOS/Android app that's an all-in-one "canned responses" solution compatible with all e-commerce and social media sites, plus most mail services. — Mobile app or Chrome extension that create a personal podcast for you, converting articles to audio that you can listen to in your podcast player.

webclipboard — Online tool that lets you share your clipboard text to any device via QR code or a sync code.

Pomodizer — A time-tracking app for iOS and Android based on the popular Pomodoro method of work and breaks.

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Whisper Memos — An AI-based iOS app that lets you record voice memos that get sent as transcripts to your email.

Clarity — A free and easy-to-use tool to generate and customize freelance contracts for use with client projects.

Articles & Resources

How to Prioritize (When Everything’s a Priority) — This encourages a value system for your tasks, so you can ensure your top priority list isn't packed with less important items.

Why You Can’t Stop Scrolling on Your Phone Before Bed, and How To Break the Pattern — The analysis and suggestions are based on an Instagram post by therapist Meg Josephson.

Is a Four-Day Week the Future of Work? — A UK company called Happy is part of a six-month pilot of the four-day week that involves 70 organizations and 3,500 people. They write about their success with it here.

Rituals to Create Work-Life Balance When Your Bedroom Doubles as Your Office — A simple list of five suggestions, most of which you've probably heard before, but you can never have too many of these kinds of reminders.

Bytes: Your Favourite JavaScript Newsletter — I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, but this is definitely one I look forward to. Entertaining with lots of cool and useful coding tidbits and tools.    sponsor  

Metacognitive Note-Taking for Creativity — This isn't exactly an article, but a set of useful points that might help you in goal setting, productivity, and overall creativity.

The Case Against Collaboration — Some good thoughts here, especially the point about being forced to collaborate with those who have very little to do with your work.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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