8 hours workday myth

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. – Aldous Huxley

From the industrial era, the 8-hours a day work has been a norm.

It is still a norm now. But do we ever question on its effectiveness?

Reading the article here, our focus only lasts 1 to 3 hours. This should be the time when we focus all of our attention in getting the most out of our work. By putting in all the focus, we are to remove all the distraction. Nothing but the work in the next 3 hours.

It’s all about short-burst of intense activity. Think about HIIT. Getting more done, in a fraction of the time that is usually required.

It’s about going all out, not half-baked effort, as the time allocated is less. We don’t have the time to squander. Therefore, each action taken is with a purpose – the sole purpose of meeting your goals.

Creativity doesn’t come from working long hours. Fatigue rarely leads to creativity, you need rest. You can’t extract any of your creative juice if you are tired.

Understand which part of the day where you are highly energetic. Do all your high-valued work there. Work that needs the highest processing power of your mind.

Don’t check and reply your emails during this golden period. And please, no social media contents.

But they would say – the boss pay you for the 8 hour workday. You can’t just leave your work. Of course I am not telling you to leave your work.

Understand this – do your most valuable work during the 3 hours. Where you would contribute the most to yourself, to your boss, to your company, to your customers. Then, you do the other non-essential, like the paperwork. And from the pocket of time available, do some readings to continuously improve yourself.

Not all time is created equal. It’s up to you to decide how you want to live your life more meaningfully.

 

Meng

 

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