How many hours do we really need to work?

…​ a study that found managers couldn’t tell which of their employees worked 80 hours per week and who just pretended to work 80 hours. So if you’re overworking in the hopes of impressing your boss and landing a raise or a promotion, you may be wasting your time.

Studies have shown that working more hours increases your productivity only to a point. That point seems to be around 49 hours. So if you’re working 60-, 70-, or 80-hour weeks, it’s very unlikely your output is actually much more than you’d get done in a 50-hour week.



Better time management

Notes from a great blog post

Create More 1:Many Situations

“It’s a law of nature: the further you rise, the more people will make demands on your time.”
– Dorie Clark, marketing strategist

Find ways to turn these 1:1 situations into 1:many situations. For instance, if you tend to have lots of coffee meetings, you could do what entrepreneur Sol Orwell does and set up a standing invitation every week or month. Invite anyone who wants to have coffee with you to show up and join the group.

Another example comes from marketing strategist Dorie Clark, who suggests setting up a dinner party for several people who want to spend time with you

Choose Something to Be Bad At

Clark suggests choosing something to sacrifice in order to spend more time and attention on things you care about.

Plan and Automate Focused Work Periods

Rethink the Tools and Services You Use

“To get the most out of your time and to avoid spending time on busy work or distractions, only keep using the tools and services that help you live out your values.”