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  • I did 4 x 10hr days for a couple of years. At the beginning it was great because I got a couple extra distraction-free hours in the morning before others arrived at the office.

    But after the first year, I found it draining. In winter, I never saw daylight except from my office window. It always seemed that my day off corresponded to an important meeting or a client emergency. Bad days *really* dragged on. When I switched back to 5 x 8hr days it was a relief.

    I think plans like yours always sound good on

    • Agreed - I worked four day weeks for a while last year to "use or lose" some paid leave time. This isn't quite the same as your situation - in theory they were four 8hr days.

      But in practice what happened was that I had to squeeze five days' work into those four days because of meetings, colleague expectations, etc. I was glad to go back to a five day week!

      My tip would be to take the day off in the middle of the week, even though it seems counter-intuitive. Three day weekends seem to be very hard to manage, and not useful. But it's easier to plan to do errands on a Wednesday, leaving the weekend free for fun stuff.

      I expect the situation is probably different, and more manageable, if you're officially a part-time worker.