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My 16 hour work days.. In detail. - Scary but true
Just until recently, I thought I did everything I could.. I knew I was doing everything I could.. - But I was in fact wrong! Somehow.
Work, work and work.. 16 hours a day.. - I know some of you would recognize yourself so far.
My reality, is that I don't actually spend 16 hours per day doing work.
Sure, I always knew that I had tons of "free time" so to speak, during my working hours, as I work from home, whenever I want to etc. etc. etc. - But in reality, I'm working way less hours than that.
How do I know, and why do I realize it?
First of all, I do spend tons of hours. That's a fact.
However, most of the time, I'm just sitting in front of my computer doing OTHER THINGS simultaneously. "During the time I work" so to speak.. And that's the thing. I'm wasting tons of time doing that!
If we break things down..
I spend about:
- 1 hour in total, each day, talking with my clients. (Support or whatever it might be.)
- 1-5 hours in total per day, doing work for my personal clients.
- A few hours (anything between 1-8) writing CD's & replies for SC, doing research and finding new things to do..
And that's basically it. - So even if we take the highest numbers here, which would be: 1, 5 and 8, that's a total of 14 hours per day..
The truth is, that I'm spending way more time than that, almost 7 days per week.
However, the hours I mentioned above aren't accurate. Some days I won't spend more than 30 minutes of work for my clients and only 1 hour doing research etc.. But that's a pretty good estimation at least.
And how can I spend that time, and even "waste" 16+ hours per day? - Because I don't work from 0-100. I don't start at 08,00 am and work until 16,00 pm.
I do 15 minutes of work and spend the next 10 minutes doing literally nothing.. Then I'll work for 45 minutes and spend another 5 minutes going for a coffee or whatever.. - And that's the biggest "problem
" I have.
I'm spreading out the work during my whole day, and I can't really reduce the time either.. Mostly due to the fact that I can't work without these breaks, even if I wanted too, as sometimes I can't find anything new while I'm doing research, I can't reply to a new topic on SC, I can't come up with a new topic for SC, I don't get 40 emails to respond to etc.. So these breaks are natural. At least in my business.
With all this being said..
Am I really in a position where I can complain
about "working my ass off?
What do you think?