Most Fridays feel like “Fried Days”. You feel fried because you are overtired, overworked, overwhelmed, overcommitted and overscheduled from the rest of the week.
What if one Fri-day of each month became a Free-day?
Here are seven ways for Fri-days to become Free-days in your workplace:
Free of E-mail – Communicate only by phone, Skype or face to face in person for the day.
Free of Meetings – Meet only for fun or learning rather than for business – see below.
Free of Structure – Decide on a theme for the Free-day of the month. Set up a committee each month to design the Free-day so that the work still gets done and you have fun and learn something at the same time. Each person should have the opportunity to both lead and participate in the committee. The committee must come up with at least one fun activity or one learning session for the Free-day.
Free of Hierarchy – Eliminate titles for one day and focus on each individual and their specific gifts, skills, strengths and knowledge.
Free of Criticism – Commit to complimenting each and every person that you encounter for the whole day.
Free of Complaints – Focus on the positive and productive and avoid negativity and complaints for the entire day.
Free of Restrictions – Encourage expression of ideas and insights to share knowledge, expand learning and create opportunity. Give each person a chance to blow their horn about a recent accomplishment.
If you decide to transform a Fri-day into a Free-day, Fridays will never be the same again and there will be a positive transformation in the attitudes of your colleagues and the atmosphere of your workplace.