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    Default Working three days a week - which days?

    Hi all

    I'll be going on mat leave for one year soon, but already I need to think about how I want to work when I come back so that I can put baby on a waiting list for childcare. I'm thinking about working 3 days a week for at least 6 months - 1 year, and DH will also take a day off a week/work from home so baby will only need to be in care two days a week to start with.

    My question is, which days should I work? Should I do Mon-Wed and have a four day weekend each week? Or is it better to break it up and say work Mon, Wed, Fri? I'd love to hear from people working part time and why they chose the days they did!

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    I used to work Mon-Tues-Wed. It worked for me. I personally liked having the consecetive days as it meant I got all over and done with and then had a nice long weekend to get things done. Plus we got into a good rhythm with the work days all in a row. Those days were DD's kindy days so it worked out well. Having said that, if you are breastfeeding alternate days may be more breastfeeding friendly as I would imagine it would be easier to maintain supply with only pumping on alternate days during the week.

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    i used to do monday, wednesday & thursday. i felt it gave me enough scope across the week and i was able to feel like i was in the office most times of the week. friday i refused to work simply because traffic was so bad. i liked having wednesday-thursday consecutive too, as it meant i could put stuff down on wednesday and pick it back up on thursday. once i was ready to go back up to 4 days, i added in the tuesday which meant 4 consecutive days. i also liked having friday off if we decided to go away for a weekend because i wouldn’t have to use annual leave. also there’s quite a few public holiday mondays so i figured better to work that day and hopefully score a few paid days off

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    Following! At this stage I’m hoping to go back 4 days but perhaps that is too ambitious...we will see.

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    With Ds1 I did the

    Mon and wed

    Then I went to
    Mon wed thur

    Then back full time when he was 3.5.

    Ds I went 4 days mon to thur

    Dd I’m doing 1 night and the next day. Have been doing this for a couple months then mid feb I go back 4 days

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    I’ve tried a few different combos. None are perfect. My preferred is Wed, Thurs, Fri. I like doing three days in a row to have four days off in a row. For my job, Mon-Wed is crap as stuff is often due Fri and I often don’t have the info to get stuff out earlier so end up working Friday anyway.

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    I do Tues, Thurs, Fri in office. Monday’s from home. Wednesday is my day off. I love having a day off midweek as it really breaks up the week and it made me feel better returning to work knowing I’m never not with my son all day for more than 2 days at a time.

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    I work Mon-Wed and love it as mentally, I find it easier to start the week with work and then before you know it, the work week is done. You also get the public holidays. I also like that when work week is finished, I can focus on being a mum etc..but I’ll admit, by the end of Sunday, I’m glad to be returning to work for a change of routine

    Everyone is different but I’d find it hard having my work week split up.

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    When I worked 4 days, the ideal was Wednesday off as it just breaks up the week.

    For 3 days, it would depend on a few things.
    If you have busy weekends with sports/hobbies/out, Mondays off are great to just chill out and get organised for the week ahead.
    If your local playgroup only runs 1 day a week, having that day off is a good idea as it becomes a challenge to keep up the 'mum socialising' when you are back at work.
    As TC mentioned, if traffic is a problem then avoiding Monday mornings and Friday afternoon commutes is a good idea.
    Are there any essential work meeting days? I'd try to be there for the meeting that has the biggest impact on your role (eg. you may get more essential info from a team meeting than a whole staff meeting, or vice versa).
    How much pressure is there at work and will some days waste too much of your time. For example, one workplace would have a big social morning tea every Friday. It was great fun for me as the job I was doing did not have tight deadlines, I just went in, did what I did and left. Was much harder for those on deadlines/productivity or sales budgets, who you could see would be itching to go after their obligatory "must be social, part of the team, blahblah" appearance at the morning tea.

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    And to add, I know this might not be common but I became very close to two other women from Mother’s Group and we organised to work on the same days so that we could easily have play dates on our days off - has worked perfectly.

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