Change the clock – change your routine

Written by Ed Beckmann Tuesday, 30 October 2012 05:10

Picture your ideal working hours and try to introduce them

The Working Hours clock from BVD Design

Because the clocks changed in the UK last weekend I have started winter “split shift” system.

Using the Clock changes to your advantage

If, like me, you find the darker evenings and daylight savings time (DST) takes away your leisure or exercise time in the winter, think about how to split up your working day.

The concept of split shift working

The concept is simple and very common many workplaces – do your day’s work in several chunks, rather than one go with a short meal break. Many people are used to starting early, taking a few hours out mid-morning or mid-afternoon then returning to do more work later. If you are your own boss, it can be very tempting to keep the traditional routine of office hours and more. In winter you can find that sports, gardening or just a walk outside to unwind can all get ignored.

So consider setting yourself a break of several hours in daylight then return to running your business as it starts to get dark. The extra focus when you return means that you can still get things done by a reasonable time, and you will not have missed out on stress-reducing down-time and leisure activities.

What about missing calls or customers?

Of course, the business cannot flourish unless you satisfy your customers. So you will need to make plans for dealing with enquiries etc. But remember, there are other times you may be unobtainable during the day because of meetings etc. and you already manage that. Also, remember that you may actually make yourself more available by being open in some evenings – you know your customer needs so give it some thought.

Employees

The concept of split shifts or different working hours may suit many colleagues or employees, so before making any decisions have a discussion about the whole concept of working hours. As long as everyone is in agreement, most arrangements are possible.


Go on – take a few minutes to consider how you could keep some of your daylight pleasures when the daylight hours are shorter! Some timetables can not be changed, but many can with a bit if thought.