What Your 16-Hour Workday Says About You!

I came across this link many times over the past week.

As a software developer, I’ve worked my share of 16-hour days. I’ll admit that I can’t argue everything on that list (I struggle with time management, for example), but I believe that long workdays often say a different set of things about someone. For me and many people I know, the list looks more like this:

  • You love what you do.
  • You’re not just in it for the money.
  • Your life is full of supportive people.
  • You’re learning a lot.
  • You follow through.
  • You’ll never be unemployed.
  • You’re doing work that matters.

4 Responses to “What Your 16-Hour Workday Says About You!”

  1. Rob Woods Says:

    Honestly, the original posters list reads like a list of complaints given by someone who was recently laid off and isn’t taking responsibility for their own situation.

    When I look at some of the most successful people I know, rarely do any of them complain about any of the things this guys points out. Though I do see what he’s getting at and I do feel sympathetic to people who measure themselves by the number of hours per day they work as opposed to the accomplishments they are achieving.

    I think you nailed it Dan with your first bullet point. If you love what you do, then you almost never work a 16 hour day because the line between work and play becomes somewhat blurred and the amount of time you’ve spent may not even be considered work.

    Rob W.

  2. dan Says:

    Thanks for the insight, Rob!

    I saw the original list as the author saying “You shouldn’t be proud of your 16-hour workday”. I suspect this is targeted at people who consistently work 16-hour days, and think that the mere act of being that busy makes them successful. There is a lot of merit to that, and I especially like how you described feeling sympathetic, because that is *exactly* the right word for it.

    I wanted my list to reflect a different group of 16-hour day people — your typical hard-workers. The people that work hard because that’s how they work. They don’t pretend its glamorous, and they don’t make a big deal out of it. They just do what needs to be done, either for the project or for themselves.

  3. Simon MacDonald Says:

    I think if you are working for yourself a 16 hour day is admirable and a great way to become a success. However, if you are working for someone else it’s just dumb.

  4. dan Says:

    Ah, but if you’re doing something you really love, does it matter whether it’s for yourself or someone else? Isn’t the point just to do it?

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