Friday, 19 February 2010

Duvet day. (And in favour of the 21hr working week.)

I took a duvet day today. I have a cold and was already feeling the effects of a long week so didn't fancy ten hours out of the house, an hour spent cycling to and from work, then chores still to do when I got home.

Despite my foggy shuffling around, I have achieved SO much today. The flat is sparkling, I've been in constant contact with a client and a designer regarding a project, I've picked up a prescription and done laundry. During my normal working week of being away from the home from 9am to 6pm some of these small chores seem completely inachievable. When will I get a chance to go to a chemist? The cats are out of food, but the pet shop is only open whilst I'm at work?

The recent report suggesting that a 21 hour working week would be a beneficial to a lot of people makes real sense to me. So many of us overwork, then over consume because we're time poor. Distributing the working hours means that more people get a chance to work and we all have increased spare time to try to live in a more balanced and sustainable way.

In the meantime, roll on April 16th. My last day at my office job! Have a great weekend, dudes. (The quilt in the picture was handmade by Made By White's mother and sister. I can't tell you how much I want one!)

7 comments:

  1. I concur. Bring on the 21 hour week.

    I bet my productivity would increase.

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  2. I'm in favour of it. I've seen alot of people start to work part-time or from home, and just decide to have less. Therefore freeing up time to do things they love, and it really does produce happier beings. Enjoyed your post!

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  3. Just found your blog - so great! Love the vintage dresses and Chinese lanterns. I have a very similar photo of Chinatown from a couple years ago. Enjoy your day. I used to hide out in my closet for such days when I was a youngster. My mother only laughed! (And she was a teacher!)

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  4. Maybe it sounds terribly spoilt and lazy of me, but I don't know how couples who both work 40 hours a week ever get anything done. Simple things as you describe as well as simply being there to accept a package from the postman or having the washing machine repaired. Or blogging. *ahem*

    I had many jobs in the past and very, very few of them took more than 4 hours of efficient work per day. Being paid by the hour or 40-hour week just means that you spread the same work out.

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  5. Great kilt! I really agree with you on the question of work-live balance (though I'm baffled how much you achieved lying in bed...), I recently started working home 2 days a week and this alone makes such a difference. I start working earlier (no extra time driving to work), rather take a longer break and don't mind doing a bit after 6 either, just because I don't feel so caged in. Hope you had a good weekend and are feeling better. x

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  6. I love that - a duvet day! great line.

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