The most important point missing:
I recently reduced my weekly hours by 10%, and the effect it had was impressive.
I’m young and have time to spare so I work 40 hour weeks right now, but besides the ample parental leave I’m planning, once I get a bit older one of my goals is definitely a shorter work week. Sounds awesome.
Out of curiosity, from what to what did you cut your working hours?
I’ve sat at varying levels of part-time for a few years now. When working in a team of full-timers, 4 days a week is as low as I managed without seriously disrupting comms with others.
I’m currently the sole developer at work, at 25h/week. My productivity is probably 80% of what it was at 40h/week; partly because there’s no time to waste on facebook/lobsters/clickhole when you’ve only got 25h, and partly because I rarely work while tired anymore.
40h to 36h.
I can get behind the idea in that “spending money can be more efficient than doing it yourself” is a truism, but I wouldn’t link this article to someone I was trying to convince; it’s not compellingly written. The author barely seems convinced of their own premise.