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.