Before Breakfast - Second Cup: How many hours should you work?

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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

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Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is about the best way to allocate your work hours. So you don't have to work around the clock every time I got a letter from a before breakfast listener would listen to the split shift episode that episode looked at strategies for preserving family and personal time. If you needed to work long hours Worcester wondered about the right length for a work week. She worked her 40 hours to wrote which is a normal full-time job, but she was hearing on this podcast of people wanting to work 50 or 60 hour weeks. She wondered if this was common and if working long hours with necessary for success

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This listener noted that she was protective of her personal life and didn't want to work at night or weekends. But she wondered if those barriers made her seem like a bad worker at someone who works about 40 hours a week as my long-term average. I certainly hope that doesn't make us seem like bad workers. I do think it's possible to do a lot in 40 hours a week. The key is being very strategic because success isn't about just doing the work in front of you. You have to build your skills. You have to dream up future project. You have to build your career Capital all this takes time to the good news is that it doesn't take an infinite amount of time in a well-planned work week. You can find space for all of it.

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Since I've seen thousands of time logs over the years, I've learned that many successful people do not work around the clock indeed work hours by themselves off and have nothing to do with how important you are. I was reminded of this when Inked magazine had me study the schedules of several high-profile entrepreneurs on a single day and November of 2016 since I track my time. I also knew how I spent that day and November of 2016 and guess what? I want if working more hours on that day, then most of these famous successful people I can tell you for sure that the demand for my time is not as high as the demand for their time work hours are not a sign of how important you are indeed. We have data that CEOs in general don't work around the clock in a future episode. I'll talk more about a large CEO X re study but for the purposes of this episode this particular study found that their average worker.

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For these people was about 60 hours. It wasn't a hundred hours a week.

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I want to find that different people work in different ways. I recently finished reading Mason Curry's new book about the daily rituals of women artists. He also wrote another book a few years ago that cover the daily rituals of famous men and women. So is he successful creative sorts Works long strange hours. I guess we all love tales about sculptor who works best at 2 a.m. But others had much more normal routines a common one might be to go to the studio our office from 8 a.m. To noon and do in 10th creative work after lunch break research emails meeting and phone calls May consume 1 to 5 p.m. Or so. That's 8 hours a day, but spent wisely. It can be enough the key is being intentional planning a strategic 40-hour Work Week means knowing what you intend to accomplish and leaving plenty of space for stuff to come up a smart Work Week requires doing this stuff of your job. Of course, just like an artist planting herself in

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Studio from 8 to 12 each day to work on her commissions with you. Then there will likely be administrative tasks. If you reach a certain point you can delegate some of this but it's hard to get that down to zero then there's the stuff you do as race car driver. Sarah Fisher wants put it in an interview that increases our exposure and broaden our scope.

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I really love this phrase because it neatly sums up the idea of building career Capital part of broadening one's scope means practice and skills. One reason. I still block multiple times per week. Even though no one's paying me to do it is that it's a great way to hone my writing technique. I practice making arguments I practice telling stories and I see what people like and what they don't care what they ignore.

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Broaden your scope can also mean taking on speculative work. You try something new even though you don't know what will come of it because you think it might lead to big things in the future you spend time thinking of new ideas and seeing what's out there that other people are doing that you could augment to iterate on it some way.

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As for increasing your exposure, this is yet another way to think of networking. How can you share your ideas with an ever-expanding Ever more influential audience? You can get to know people one-on-one and through Mass channels, like being a guest on a podcast or giving a talk at an industry conference. All these things are necessary for long-term success some hours or just spent and done but our Spence increasing your exposure and broaden your scope are investments. They have a long-term payoff in terms of advancing your career.

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These things also take time. Of course, they don't need to take a ton of time. If you Faithfully split 10 hours per week among various skill-building speculative and networking activities. You would build a ton of career Capital. If you can make space for those 10 hours within a normal work week, then sure. You can conquer the world working from 9 to 5.

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If you don't make space for these things though, then it's going to be a lot harder. It's not about the hours themselves. It's about how you spend them. And if you don't have the flexibility to be able to use normal working hours for these Time Investments. Then you might have to do them on top of your normal job. And that's when the hours start stacking up but even so they don't have to stack up too far. If you could do your normal work in 35 to 40 hours a week, then 10 additional hours of career Capital work just takes us to 45 to 50 hours.

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This is still pretty reasonable. There are 168 hours in a week. If you work 50 and sleep 8 hours a night or 56 hours per week. This still leaves 62 hours for other things. So take some time today and think about where you could find space in your professional schedule for 10 hours a week or two hours a day to increase your exposure and broaden your scope overtime. These career building hours can transform how you spend every other hour at work order that 30 hours 40 hours a week or whatever number works for you. In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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Everybody I'd love to hear from you. You can send me your tips your questions or anything else. Just connect with me on Twitter Facebook and Instagram at before breakfast pod. That's b e the number for then breakfast pod. You can also shoot me an email at before breakfast podcast at iheartmedia.com that before breakfast is spelled out with all the letters. Thanks so much. I look forward to staying in touch.

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What if I told you that UFOs haunted houses and even inexplicable magic tricks are all caused by the same creature and what if I told you these powerful and ancient beings are meant to be feared the hidden Jen a new podcast from iHeartRadio. And Aaron mankeys Grim in mild explorers of Legends of these ancient and terrifying creatures join me Rabia chaudry as we step into the world of the Hidden Jen listen to The Hidden Jen on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcast.
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