Change your work schedule to a 4 day work week with Joe Sanok – Amanda Abella

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    I’ve been experimenting with a four day work week, so I’m excited to introduce you to Joe Sanok, the author of Thursday is the New Friday.

    Joe’s backstory

    For years. Joe worked in nonprofits, then community college, and eventually started his consulting firm. However, he quickly realized that he didn’t know how to start or run a business, so he started reading business books. Then, in 2012, Joe launched The Practice of the Practice Podcast to share his newfound business knowledge.

    With no competition for podcasts aimed at consultants, Joe quickly became the number one podcast for consultants. In 2015 he gave up his full-time job for practice and podcast and sold his consulting practice in 2019.

    As a single father of two young girls, he often finds “the glitter in my hair” and enjoys being able to run his business from home to spend quality time with his family.

    Blame the Babylonians for a seven-day work week

    Since the Babylonians looked up to the sky and saw seven bright planets, they decided to make a seven-day calendar. The Romans had a 10-day week and the Egyptians an 8-day week. “The concept of a year makes sense because it takes us so long to go around the sun.”

    In 1926, Henry Ford introduced the 40-hour week on the Ford assembly line. His main goal was to sell more to his Ford employees. He said if his employees had weekends when they had free time, they would want to make the most of their weekend. You wouldn’t use the horse and buggy; they would use a car. This concept worked and as a result of this decision he sold thousands of vehicles to his own employees. It is for this reason that we in America consider the 40-hour week to be the standard.

    Many Americans in the workforce withdraw from sitting in a chair for 40 hours doing work they don’t like, for a boss who thinks they’re a machine – that industrial model has died. “We’re moving into a new evolutionary model of the way we think about our work week.”

    The neurosciences around labor productivity

    “I think we’re seeing some of the most effective leaders using neuroscience to do our best work.” By focusing on tasks that make best use of our time, we can be more productive. So now start putting all of your best energy into your best work week after week.

    “We have to slow down so our brains are optimized for the work we’re going to do, and then we have to go out there and kill it.” But before we can go and land the next customer, Joe says, we have to do the in-house work do to change the way we think. Joe says his new book talks about being an intelligent person who can think, adapt, and adapt. So we have to work together on these three elements to make this process more like a meal.

    Three characteristics found by executives

    There are three top tendencies that top executives have in running a business. First, curiosity, second, an outside perspective, and third, the ability to move on and act.

    While many of us lose our childish curiosity as adults, Joe found that top executives recognize the importance of maintaining curiosity. “Managers who think in a new way are those who are curious. What did we learn from it? What did we learn about our audience? What did we learn about our content? What have we learned about our flow? ”Good leaders see failure as an opportunity to find out why something happened and go into the details to see if they can turn it into a positive outcome.

    From an outsider’s perspective, you can see the perspective of those who can induce others to follow or buy your product or service. A recent study showed that outsiders can statistically convince a group more than predicted. In addition, with outsiders having such a new lens, they can discover details that the average person won’t see when looking at your business.

    The third tendency is the ability to move and act. Remember, when we move we don’t want to move so fast that we sacrifice accuracy. However, most of what we do as a company relies more on speed than accuracy to get feedback.

    Which work sprint type are you?

    “When we learn that we can make better use of time working on tasks to get more done in a short amount of time, the first thing we want to think about is what kind of work we’re doing.”

    First, you need to consider whether you are a time block sprinter or a task switch sprinter. A time block sprinter is a person who works on a task for a certain amount of time. While a task changer has to have variety in his working day with tasks.

    We also want to think about when to do our jobs. For example, an automated sprinter’s job list is repeated simultaneously every week in order to do the best in this short period of time to stay in this flow state.

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