Behind the Scenes

Alltop Blog Redesign

We had the opportunity to re-design the Alltop blog at blog.alltop.com.

Before and After, click for big image.

Before and After, click for big image.

Share your thoughts in the comments if you like.

Four day work week, plus one more day

A lot of people I respect advocate working only four days a week.  32 hours.  Their argument is that you waste a lot of time anyway plus, if you start the week knowing you only have four days to work, you’ll get it done.

I found this true when I’ve gone on vacation and had to work around holidays.

Somehow, when I start the week with only three days to work, I still get everything done.

So this week Joseph and I are instituting a four day work week.  Plus one more day.

We’ll still be in the office on Friday but the day will be spent moving Out:think forward instead of constantly having our head down in the day-to-day work.

Things we’ll be doing today:

  • Writing blog posts for the coming week
  • Reading some articles we’ve bookmarked
  • Cultivating LinkedIn and refreshing contact with with potential referral sources
  • Fleshing out our big plans for January and February of ’09
  • Moving forward on a couple open source projects
  • Knocking out some administrative stuff with taxes and paperwork

I’ve already noticed a change in how I worked this week.  When something came to mind that I wanted to blog about or somebody I wanted to touch base with, I just made a note on it as something to do on Friday.  It helped me relax and take care of the work at hand and now I’ve come in today with a great todo list of stuff that usually never gets done.

Our goals for this change are:

  • Provide better service for our clients, as we’ll be able to focus solely on the task at hand Monday through Thursday
  • Make sure we keep work coming in the door by taking time to cultivate referrals and do some marketing
  • Start giving back to the community, specifically the WordPress community
  • Start implementing a few projects that have been sitting on the back burner
  • Keep the really annoying, but necessary, administrative stuff up to date

This is our first week with the experiment so we’ll see how it goes!