There is always a bit of mix emotion when it comes to short work weeks. People are still in their holiday moods, and some offices tend to slow down a little bit. So depending on your situation, it’s either really good or really bad. For those who are driven to be productive, this completely throws you off your usual routine or momentum. A holiday in the middle of the week makes everyday feel like a Monday or Friday.

Well regardless of what you want to achieve this week, here are some ideas on how you can maximise a short work week!

I want to get things done

Make it a point to rally the team together on the first day of the week. You should set the tone that a short work week means everyone needs to work harder to achieve their goals, and yank them out of their holiday moods. Get people to tell you what they will achieve by the end of the week, and ask them to commit to those goals.

Just this simple step makes a huge difference in getting the team to move, and you’ll be surprised, they may achieve even more than they would on a usual five day week.


I want to meet more clients

Tough luck, many clients are on holiday. Or are they? Give them a call and find out, chances are, the short work week may also make them feel like they are in a holiday mood. This is a great time to ask them to come out casually to meet your over lunch or coffee.

Just approach them in a warm way and see if they have some time to hang out or catch up. People tend to be in better moods during short work weeks, and clients are people too!


I want to take things easy

The idea is to be able to take things easy without being an irresponsible person. If you want to have a breather during a short work week, first have a think about any important or urgent matters you need to attend to, and get those sorted out properly on the first day itself. Once that’s done, go through your to do list and see if there are any creative tasks that need to be achieved.

Creative work doesn’t just mean being an artist or designer, it can also involve any problems that need some thought or brainstorming. Daniel Kahnemann, best-selling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, explains in a video here how having time to think improves your decision making. Use that extra space you have while you are slowing down, as thinking or brainstorming time to come up with creative solutions to those problems.


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Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.