It's something you can do too - especially if you're running your own business. You don't need to stick to a strict 9-5 if it doesn't suit you or your lifestyle.
While it helps to have a routine to your day there are a few options:
- Start and finish early or late to avoid the rush hour traffic. Avoid spending/wasting extra time stuck in traffic. Make sure you avoid the trap of starting early and then finishing late, so you end up working a longer day.
- If you need or want to take time out during the day - for children, friends or just for yourself, then adjust your working day. Start work early or fit a couple of hours into the afternoon.
- Early birds and night owls - you may be more productive or prefer to work early in the morning or later in the evening but don't do this at the expense of getting enough sleep.
- Flexitime - vary the start and end to your work day. These can also be staggered within a team to provide extended cover across the day - useful when working with other timezones.
- Compressed working - work the same number of hours but in fewer days i.e. you have one or two longer days but get a full or half day off in the week.
- Shortened hours - you may be able to switch to part-time or job share and work fewer hours.
- Working from home - great for when you focused time away from the usual office distractions or to fit with childcare or carer duties.
Flexibility (Photo credit: Canon in 2D)