Now as we've talked about, the pandemics affected so much, it's changed how we work as well, but what about ditching the five-day week and instead working just four days.
Today sees the start of what's thought to be the world's biggest ever trial of a four-day working week.
Over the next six months, academics here in the UK and the US will monitor around 70 companies, to see if it's possible to drop a day and still be as productive.
Experts will be watching closely to see if it could even boost the economy as Emma Simpson reports.
Instead of working a five day week how about pouring it all into four, we're talking a hundred percent of pay for eighty percent of the hours.
This small brewery is about to try. - Well we're a simple business we have to produce and package the same amount of beer every week, that we do now, that's our challenge.
这家小啤酒厂打算尝试一下。 - 我们的生意很简单，每周都要生产和包装同样数量的啤酒，我们现在所做的，是我们的挑战。
The pandemic has already given us a taste of flexible working, this boss believes it's time for a new approach.
There's a real sense of this is the way we do things because this is the way we do things, and people don't rethink things, they don't think about what's necessary, and this is a chance for us to do something positive with that.
Staff are keen to make it work. - How are you going to be more productive? - Just being quicker being more, if I know I've got to get stuff done in four days time, i'll so enjoy that extra day I think that'll be a good incentive.
员工们渴望让四天工作制发挥作用。 - 你怎样才能更有效率？ - 去做得更快，做得更多，如果我知道我必须在4天内完成任务，我会很享受这额外的一天，我认为这将是一个很好的激励。
British workers do some of the longest hours in Europe, and we're also nothing like as productive as we should be, could we perform better if we do fewer ours? that's what this big trial is trying to find out.
Around 70 firms are taking part, this recruitment company in Exeter started in January, Fiona uses her day off to get chores done, so she can enjoy the weekend.
If you're happier outside of work, you're happier in work, and there is the productiveness there.
Josh likes golf but the big thing is child care. - Most of the time I spend with my young daughter, so again which frees up a lot of money for nursery fees which is always helpful.
乔希喜欢打高尔夫，但重要的是照顾孩子。 - 大部分时间我都和我的小女儿在一起，这样就能省下很多育儿费，这总是很有帮助的。
It's all about productivity, the boss Simon started a four-day week for a better work-life balance, and says profits are actually up.
Interestingly across the board all of our inputs have gone up and quite simply everyone's doing more in less time. - People are burning out.
有趣的是，我们所有的投入都增加了，很简单，每个人都在更短的时间内做更多的事情。 - 人们目前已精疲力竭。
Here's the professor leading the research for this global four-day week project, but how realistic is it?
You can be 100 product as productive in 80 of the time in many workplaces, it's also about the whole economics of this.
So that you might become 10 more productive but that your company is also saving on healthcare costs on hiring new people, so that they come out ahead in the end.
Packing the work into four days is a tall order, but this brewery hopes it will deliver a better way to work. Emma Simpson BBC News.