I’ve been interviewing a lot of designers lately for a book I’m writing on socially conscious design. And one of them—Lauren Bacon at Raised Eyebrow—said something really inspiring to me a few weeks ago: Her web design firm has a no overtime policy.
It’s one of the core ethics of the business. Everyone there works 40 hours a week, because work-life balance is built into the business model. Now Bacon did admit to me that she isn’t always 100% successful in achieving this goal for herself.
But I still became a bit obsessed with the idea. As freelancers, we get to be our own bosses, but how good are we at managing ourselves?
For the past year or two, I’ve toyed around with the idea of setting aside Friday afternoons for creative field trips, but I’ve never taken the steps to actually make it happen.
So I’m curious: How many hours do you work in a typical week? And could you stick with a no overtime policy for yourself?