Forget the 80 hour work week

Stop kidding yourself.  The 80 hour work week is a myth.  No one really can do productive, creative, useful work for 80 hours a week.  Likewise, no one can drive a truck safely or fill orders accurately for 80 hours a week.

It’s always nice to find a fellow voice for sanity out there – http://startupboy.com/2005/11/29/the-80-hour-myth/ . Thanks for the reminder StartupBoy.

Here’s the other truth.  Marriages and families need time too.  If you’re at work 80 hours a week, there’s no way your marriage is getting the time it needs.  At Power of Two we work 35 good, hard, productive hours a week.  Focused hours. Creative hours.  And then we all go home and enjoy our lives.

Having done this for four years now, I can tell you, this approach has made our team wildly productive.  It lets us pause and catch mistakes before heading down dead-end paths.  It means everyone is rested and excited when we’re at work.   It keeps our team energized.

How well do you do balancing work and life?   Click here for a quick way to find out.

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