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June 25, 2013

Rethinking Our 8 Hour Work Days – The Buffer Blog

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If you're anything like me, you need as much help as you can get finding ways to be more productive.  After applying 90-minute interval bursts of creativity for just one week, I'm shocked at how much more productive I can be.

See what you think after reading this:

 

“One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work – generally, every person I’ve spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.

And data seems to confirm that: The average American works 8.8 hours every day. At least, those are the official statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And yet, for most of us it is obvious that knowing how long the average person works every day has little to do with how efficient or

productive that pattern is. At least, that is what I personally found for my own productivity. So what’s the the right hourly rate?

 

With success stories from people working 4 hours a week, to 16 hours a day, it’s hard to know if there is an optimal amount. So instead of going with my gut, which often fails me, I thought of looking into actual research on work time and how to optimize it for your happiness and success.

 

Why do we have 8 hour work days in the first place?

 

To read the rest, click HERE.

 

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