Boost Productivity with a Flexible Schedule


Over the past few years, I've noticed a new trend in many workplaces -- and it's a good one (at least in my opinion as a productivity fanatic!)

I've noticed that many employers are now offering the option for employees to set up a "flexible schedule" that works better with their own family, home life, personal schedule, AND with their most productive time of day.

Here are a few fleixble schedule options...

Arrive Early:

You have the option of coming in to work one hour earlier (and then leaving one hour earlier) to be available when your kids arrive home from school or for other afternoon activities. However, by doing so, you are also able to avoid rush-hour traffic on your commute to and from work, and you'll have fewer distractions during that first hour in the office -- providing the opportunity to get more accomplished.

Arrive Later:

Similarly, if you choose to come in to work an hour or two later because you enjoy going to the gym before work (or you just want to sleep in) you'll also miss rush-hour traffic and will most likely be more refreshed and energized after a good night's sleep or a rigorous morning workout.

Eat a "Working Lunch":

A working lunch is a nice option for people who don't necessarily want or need a full hour for lunch. With the flexibility to eat lunch at your desk (and continue working all through your lunch break), you can often go home an hour earlier -- leaving you more time for the rest of your busy day.

The Four-Day Work Week:

This is my personal favorite when it comes to flexible work schedules... because it offers an extra day off each week! If you're the type of person who can focus for long hours and likes to plow through big projects, the four-day work week might be the perfect flexible schedule option for you.

Instead of working five 8-hour days, you'd work four 10-hour days and then get the fifth day off without using up vacation time. And while four 10-hour days might seem long, you're extra day off will offer the opportunity for a little more relaxation or much needed time away from the office.

Work Virtually:

Another new trend is working virtually -- either from a remote location or from home -- both of which offer tons of flexibility and can help to boost productivity by eliminating some of the workplace distractions. This also offers the ability to work later in the day or on the weekends if that fits your lifestyle better.

Not only will a flexible schedule allow you to work when it's most convenient for you, it also makes it possible to schedule your work time for when YOU are most productive.

Have you ever taken advantage of a flexible work schedule? Did your productivity increase because of it?

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Katie July 3, 2012

When I worked from home full time I was able for the most part to “work when I felt like it”, which meant 6:30am - 9:30, 10:30 - 2,  then a few hours in the evening. Those were the times of day I was productive and it worked out great.
Now that I’m back in the office, I still do a version of the flexible schedule (7-3:30) so I can pick my son from daycare by 4 and have a chunk of time at the end of the day to spend together.

Stacey J February 18, 2013

I work a 4-day week, with Wednesdays off, so i have a mini weekend to break up my week, and time to actually get chores and errands done so we can have fun all weekend. When I freelanced from home FT, I worked all kinds of crazy hours, predominately at night because I am good at focusing then, even into the wee hours. Oh how I miss all that sleeping in.

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