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optimum weekly work hours?

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  1. Nick1

    Nick1 Junior Member

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    In your opinion ,what is the optimum weekly work hours?

    I think around 50 is good.On Sunday, I can really relax fully if I think of nothing else. 60 is really pushing it though.

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    I've seen a few sites were it is said that productivity actually increased if the work week was restricted to 40 hours. The work cited (and I haven't looked at it in details) include some done at Ford and various places in academia.

    Legit?

    It is certainly extremly counter-intuitive, and I'm still not sure I accept the premise.

    This stems more from my experience in school, but I have seen that people who studied hard beyond 40 hours generally speaking had better grades then those who didn't (I wasn't part of that group). Also, I can't think of many entrepreneurs who have not spent long hours at work.
     
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  2. cecle

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    I don't think there is an optimum limit. It's easy to say I work 40 at a much more productive rate than if I worked 80. It all comes down to the person doing the work. If you want to make it to the big leagues you may well have to work 80 hours a week that gives you twice as much time as every other standard person on this planet to achieve something amazing. All business and success requires a bit of luck but remember, 'the harder you work the luckier you become.'

    My advice to you don't think of work in terms of hours, instead you should work until each job you have to do is done to the maximum of your ability.
     
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    Stop counting hours - start counting production.
     
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    I work until I can get the rolls royce, don't count hours.
     
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    What ever it takes to get the job done. You'll know when you are hitting your limit. Your body will tell you.
     
  7. Nick1

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    How do you guys keep track of your agenda without counting the hours? Sounds like a nice macho tag line but in practice
    it just strikes me as poor planning.

    I cannot fathom keeping a regimented schedule and not knowing how long I have worked. If you are working 80 hours a week, IMHO that's because you should have planned to work 80 hours a week at the beginning of it. If a job is going over schedule, fine, but I want to know if I planned for 4 hours, and it took me 5 or 6 so I can make adjustments next time.

    I spent a number of years in the army, I have worked ridiculous hours but even then, we certainly kept tab on the hours of work we did, how can you not do so if you want to plan your day?

    If I am reading too much in the curt responses, my apologies. I tend to take things very literally. :eek:
     
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    the ideal would be 1,000 for me, but limits are set to 168 and you can't override it no matter how hard you try lol
     
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    Answered your own question there.

    If you have very little commitments (kids, family, etc) and want to be an entrepreneur than 60-80 hours a week is probably optimal.

    If you have some commitments and a desire to make money online that you can probably get by with 30h a week.

    Ultimately it all depends on your goals and the actual time you have.
     
  10. Secret Machine

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    50 is honestly a bit low man, train yourself first to work shorter hours extremely effectively then to work extremely effectively for long hours....10 hours a day is honestly the absolute minimum.
     
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    I probably don't "work" nearly as long as what some of you are saying here. Certainly not 50-60+ hours. Then again, it probably depends on what you consider work. As far as all my own websites go, keyword/niche research and building my Wordpress sites is the only thing I actively do. I outsource all of my content writing and SEO, which is what the bulk of my time spent would be if I did it myself.

    It's hard for me to call emailing my writers and buying SEO packages work.

    I'd much rather have my free time and only work 20-30 hours per week, as opposed to the other way around.
     
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    i started at 9am its now 12.30am i plan to work for about two more hours then be up at 7am. it's sunday thou so ive been sat on the couch working.
    been so focused in completing a project is hasn't seemed like work i have actually enjoyed it and in theory i have completed everything i had planned so i can start on next weeks tasks right away on monday and as a bonus i get a nice big check tomorrow for completeing the project.

    i think its about having a health balance i have a great social life but sometimes you have to put the hours in to make the big cash.
    IM isn't finding a lucky break and the only working a few hours a day(well not for most people) you have to put the hours in especially if it's a new venture and your setting everything up.
     
  13. gluco3

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    I don't count hours but I know I work more than 60 per week. I work every day, 7 days a week. I often work solid for 3 hours, have a 30 minute break, 2-3 more hours, break, repeat. My agenda is done via task list. I can't play by the hour for what I do which is what we are all doing here because that is impossible. It is impossible for me to say "adding this function to my site X will take 30 minutes" because I've programmed for so long I know that a 30 minute job might take 2 hours (if done properly) or a 1 hour job might turn out to take 10 minutes. Instead, I have a task list and I prioritize. Once I finish the top item, it falls off the list and I start on the next one. The top item could be programming, it could be adjusting some meta tags, it could be answering helpdesk tickets (we get a ton), etc.

    The same can be said when promoting or marketing or speaking with a client or researching leads or any of the other various tasks I do. and helpdesk tickets... We get anywhere from 20-50 a day and sometimes that urgent ticket just sucks out 1 hour of your agenda that is impossible to write down and plan for.

    The point is, the more I put into it, the more I see coming out of it so I find it very hard to sit around and relax when I know I could be earning more money by working. It kinda sucks. I use to relax and play video games and have fun. :)
     
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    Think the important thing in a lot of these replies is they dont look at this as work. Irf you are working, find something else to do. You want to get paid for doing what you will do for free. When that happens, you no longer worry about hours, you just get it done for the satisfaction of it. I had a lot of other stuff to do today, so only have an hour or so of real work done, will be up to 2am playing and getting things done. If you do for work what you will do for free -- you will succeed!

    Army, Gov and big business have to do things different. When I was in college, got fired from a job for not taking breaks and lunch, I wanted to work 8 hours and go home, not hang around for 9! I work till its done, then on to the next task.
     
  15. SmileAtmyWins

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    I work 50+. What counts the most is how much you can get done in those hours. That's the purpose of counting. You get more of a schedule by it.
     
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    Musically I tend to do about 2 hours of music a night, then spend the rest of the evening looking at marketing. Taking care of my other social sites. So I guess on average I go about 35 hours a week.

    But sometimes when your stressed, you just end up all over the place jumping from one thing to the next! So I take it as I feel.