62 minutes | May 19th 2020

Episode 18: Creating a Four-Day Work Week With Matt Baird

As the name of our podcast suggests, we’re always on the lookout for new smart habits that can be helpful in our work and personal life. We have been long-time admirers of the approach that today's guest takes to create work/life clarity and find freedom in freelancing. Our friend and colleague, Matt Baird, is joining us to share how he transitioned to a four-day work week.

A necessary caveat: Like most of us, Matt’s reality is quite different these days (during the COVID-19 pandemic). However, his goal is to return to a four-day work week as soon as possible, as it helps him find some much-needed time for himself and his family.

About our guest:

Matt Baird is an ATA-certified German-to-English translator, editor, and copywriter specializing in marketing and communications. He is also an active member of the American Translators Association, currently serving as an ATA PR writer and host of the ATA Podcast.

Matt has a BA in German and International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After studying at Georgetown University and working in Washington, DC, Matt broke out of the Beltway and fled back to Colorado, where he traded his suit for sweatpants and launched a successful freelance translation business. Now based in Germany near the banks of the Rhine River, Matt is at his best crafting copy in his quiet office, but happiest playing with his wife and two kids in the great outdoors.

Here is a summary of our conversation with Matt:
- How and when he started his freelance translator career
- How his typical workday looked before the COVID-19 pandemic, how it looks now, and how his daily routine has changed and evolved over the years
- When and why he made the switch to a four-day work week and how he made that transition
- What habits and strategies he had to adopt to make it happen
- How he set reasonable expectations and boundaries for his work and volunteer commitments
- How he typically organizes his work week
- What smart habits he recommends to colleagues who would like to have a successful week

For more details and resources, visit our show notes at https://smarthabitsfortranslators.com/podcast-episodes/18

To learn more about Susie Jackson's group mentoring program "Charge with Confidence", visit her website: https://www.susiejackson.co.uk/charge-with-confidence

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