A List Apart: The 36 Hour Work Week

St. Thomas More was the advocate of the original six-hour work day. The Jesuit Reductions seen in movies such as “The Mission” employed such a method, before they were torn apart by the colonial empires of the Portuguese and Spanish.

Of course, in today’s modern world a six-hour workday is utopian in the purest sense. But what of a nine-hour, four day a week schedule?

I realize the four day, 36-hour work week isn’t in the minds of most, but think of what one day less on the roads could do for our transportation network? One day more to reflect, do yard work, freelance for your own small business, take those college courses, or for those salaried types — carry your work home.

A nutty idea, but one that always comes to mind on beautiful days like today.

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