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Work harder, die sooner!

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Connemara, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Finally, I have a legitimate excuse for doing nothing on the job!

    http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/0...or-your-heart/

     
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    What a groundbreaking finding. [​IMG]
     
  3. L.R.

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    What a groundbreaking finding. [​IMG]

    I wouldn't treat it like that.... Sure it's easy to say "Work longer, suffer more", but it's another to say it with statistical back up. And a lot of studies simply disprove "common knowledge" things like this.


    It's interesting it's set in Britain. Isn't the work environment (both hours and weeks per year) typically shorter there?
     
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    So what this is telling me is that all civil servants need to have 12 hour days mandated.
     
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    My tipping point is right around 9 hours. Usually right around that time I get irritable and frustrated. After that, my brain just becomes worthless. I spend most of the time working on very non-specific tasks and after too long I just lose all ability to focus my attention on a specific problem or think critically about what I'm doing. If I step away and come back later, decisions and work start to do themselves and it's always a feeling like "Of course. Why would I have thought otherwise?"
     
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    So what this is telling me is that all civil servants need to have 12 hour days mandated.

    At least make sure it is applied to Congress.
     
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    My tipping point is right around 9 hours. Usually right around that time I get irritable and frustrated. After that, my brain just becomes worthless. I spend most of the time working on very non-specific tasks and after too long I just lose all ability to focus my attention on a specific problem or think critically about what I'm doing. If I step away and come back later, decisions and work start to do themselves and it's always a feeling like "Of course. Why would I have thought otherwise?"
    This. Sometimes you just need a break. The trick isn't to work harder, its to worker smarter*. *I can't believe I just wrote that.
     
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    i function at the highest in the morning. perhaps the first 3 hours of the day. after that, it drops off steadily until right around the 8 hour mark. but it may be psychological, as im conditioned to think im ending my day upon 8 hours.
     
  9. StephenHero

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    I'm a morning and late night person, which is a tough schedule to follow. Between 8PM and 9AM, I'm sharp. I would love to work a graveyard shift.
     
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    The secret is to vary the length of your days. If I pull two 14 hour days, which two in a row now is quite rare, I'm gone by noon on Friday. I usually work 10 hour days Mon-Thurs, although I usually have at least one evening meeting a week, but I do try and skip out by 3 on most Fridays. If I have to work on a weekend, I'm taking a three day weekend the following week.

    You can do a steady 50 hours a week if you just mix it up. It's five 10 hour days that get burdensome.
     
  11. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sweet, this ensures I won't outlive my retirement. Or, quite possibly, never get to enjoy it.
     
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    So what this is telling me is that all civil servants need to have 12 hour days mandated.

    LOLOL
     
  14. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    So what this is telling me is that all civil servants need to have 12 hour days mandated.
    As long as I get an exemption, OK. I just wanna get mine!
     
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    I'm a morning and late night person, which is a tough schedule to follow. Between 8PM and 9AM, I'm sharp. I would love to work a graveyard shift.
    I do my best thinking very early in the morning and very late at night.
     
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    Currently my hours fluctuate depending on the days duties. I've pulled multiple 16 hours in one week, and many full (24 hour) days. THen i'll have a week of 4 hour days.
     
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    Finally, I have a legitimate excuse for doing nothing on the job!
    In the old days ... when the elite ran the world ... professions really were 9-5 ... with half day on Friday. And we all had nice long less than healthy lunches with multiple drinks. Things were civilized. Of course, it was not a "gotta have it right now" kind of world.
     
  18. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    In the old days ... when the elite ran the world ... professions really were 9-5 ... with half day on Friday. And we all had nice long less than healthy lunches with multiple drinks. Things were civilized. Of course, it was not a "gotta have it right now" kind of world.

    And don't forget the "3-6-3" rule for bankers.
     
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    In the old days ... when the elite ran the world ... professions really were 9-5 ... with half day on Friday. And we all had nice long less than healthy lunches with multiple drinks. Things were civilized. Of course, it was not a "gotta have it right now" kind of world.

    Isn,t this how politicians operate to this day. Those weeks that they work at least.

    Not all of them drink though.

    Some do drugs, some smoke cigarettes, and some play sports ( golf, basketball, jogging, biking, etc. ).
     
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    And don't forget the "3-6-3" rule for bankers.
    Mother's family was in banking. Oh, those were the days ... especially that last 3 ... at the course. Of course, it was the first three and the middle six that made it all possible.
     

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