4-day workweek at Atlassian

For 9 weeks, a team at Atlassian experimented working 4 days per week. These were the takeaways:

1. Parkinson’s Law is real!
And the inverse is real, too. You can deliver just as much value in less time if you’re disciplined about it.

2. Not all tasks are created equal.
Prioritizing tasks and scrutinizing which ones really add value is key.

3. A rigid schedule can still be stressful – even if it affords you more free time.
You can’t always control when “life” happens to you. Flexibility matters.

4. Extra time off from work is wonderfully restorative.
We often forget that in our productivity-obsessed culture. Indeed, American workers only use about half their vacation time, and two-thirds report working even when they do take time off.

Read the whole article: The data doesn’t lie: what we learned when we tried a 4-day workweek

Best of 2020

As strange as 2020 was I couldn’t finish the year without doing the regular exercise of reflecting on my favourite albums of the year. And here they are:

  1. Vaiapraia – 100% Carisma
  2. Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
  3. Perfume Genius – Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
  4. Dirty Projectors – 5EPs
  5. Touché Amoré – Lament
  6. Arca – KiCk i
  7. Future Islands – As Long As You Are
  8. Jessie Ware: What’s Your Pleasure?
  9. 070 Shake – Modus Vivendi
  10. Fleet Foxes – Shore
  11. Adrianne Lenker – songs
  12. Filipe Sambado – Revezo
  13. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  14. Soccer Mommy – color theory
  15. Dehd – Flower of Devotion
  16. Haim – Women in Music Pt. III
  17. Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  18. U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
  19. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
  20. Son Lux – Tomorrows I