November 30, 2019
During this past summer I negotiated new contract conditions, just before the end of my probation period:
moving from full time (5 days) to a 3-day workweek while keeping the same salary.
It took about 2 months but at the end we settled on a 4-day workweek deal.
But first, how many days do we work?
If you open your agenda, and you work 5 days a week, you will find that around 221 days are already booked for something.
221 days is the number of working days for an employee of a Berlin based company after you remove vacation days (251 days/year minus 30 days of vacations, in my case).
Translated in a percentage is about 60.54% of the year, which is quite a lot.
A 4-day workweek turns out to be about 200 working days, ~51 days less than working full time, 1 month and 21 days more just for you.
To complete the count I can remove from the 200 days my vacations, and I get 170 days, ~46.5% of the year.
I can hardly describe the nice feeling of getting the majority of your time back.
I plan to leverage those days to get closer to the life I want to have, spending more time on the things that I like and less on the things that I don't.
Combined with the fact that PyConDE & PyData Berlin 2019 is over I now have tons of free time.
So what am I up to?
My master plan is, by the end of 2020, to run a business between 5K € and 30K € in MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue) without getting crazy (like the amazing founders of HoneyBadger).
So time for serious stuff!
First, having a 4-day workweek is much more common than what you probably think.
To be honest there are different ways:
I'll cover negotiating a new deal with your employer in one of my next blog posts.
tl;dr having the right mindset and approaching the negotiation from the right perspective are both crucial.
In the meantime you can check my tweets, I try to put some valuable thoughts and advice there.