Personally I go periods when I start a project that I work every hour I'm awake.
Then much longer periods where I do almost know real work.
The problem with working incredibly long hours is that unless you are well prepared you can be very unproductive per hour.
On the other side, when you are writing hundreds of lines of code an hour it is difficult to remember what you did a few hours ago, let alone a week ago. So to mainatin a train of thought it is easiest to keep working without interruptions.
So much of programming time can be taken up with re-interpreting of past creations, or interfacing new segments of code that it is easier to do it all in one burst.
Neither is the case for me, I actually at times choose to do it due to the nature of the beast and to keep things running along. Project management being bad I can agree with here. and I agree wholly with your quote about war being barbarism, very well put.
I don't work 100hrs a week on average (though the last three have been just that) but I do it because I have a stake in the company I am a part of. It is my future and sinks or swims with me. Sacrifice now, reap later.
I don't have your charm Butler, so I have to work hard
Paul Watson Bluegrass Cape Town, South Africa
Macbeth muttered: I am in blood / Stepped in so far, that should I wade no more, / Returning were as tedious as go o'er
Paul Watson wrote: I don't work 100hrs a week on average (though the last three have been just that) but I do it because I have a stake in the company I am a part of. It is my future and sinks or swims with me. Sacrifice now, reap later.
And good luck to you. Just remember that work isn't everything.
Paul Watson wrote: I don't have your charm Butler, so I have to work hard
I don't work hard, I work smart - but you only learn to do that when you get a bit of experience and wisdom. You're still a young pup; You'll learn
'War is at best barbarism...Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.' - General William Sherman, 1879
Sadly the poll says nothing because the difference betwen 40 and 60 is to great. If I work 5 days a week, its 8 or 12 hours.
To know who works 40-50 and 50-60 from the nearly 50% of all guys would be realy valuable!
I agree. Up to 40 would be a normal week about every where. There's not many people working more than 60. It's really between 40 and 60 that it should have been more detailed. Even before seeing the result of the poll I had this feeling that the majority of people would be in there.
Personnally I'm not too bad with usual weeks around 43 hours, but it may be more when there is an approaching dead line (nothing new here... )
Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.
- Carl Gundlach
Unfortunately I know the exhaustion of working long hours.
Not only do I wake up early, 5:30 AM and then work til 4:00 PM (no lunch either). I then get the pleasure of training people for Kung Fu. When this is done between 8 and 10 PM, I get to go home and work from there while I prepare food for another couple of hours. I then try to work on some side projects or my website. I do this while I try to read and learn the newset techs out there.. If I am lucky I am in bed by Midnight, if I am lucky, very lucky... Saturday and Sunday are a minimum of 8 hours of work for the company.
This happens because our company is small and, becuase of the economy, cash strapped. Every project and development goal is critical to keep my fellow man employed which I have to take seriously. I am the lead software engineer and the only windows programmer (not that I feel that I am ready for this because my previous full contact Kung Fu fighting career put me way behind the current technologies and the only place I can discuss issues is with people on the web. You have to see what my boss thinks a splash screen is... aargh.), but I am forcing myself to do it. Even if I do get laid off every other week... ..
All this and they think five paid days off as a starting package is better than great (by the way that is vacation, personal, and sick time all wrapped up in those five days... and no Comp Time) So I haven't taken a real vacation or sick time either for over a year. Not that I could with all the weeks being laid off... Not going to say whether I worked during those periods either... Take a guess...
If you start a fire for a man, he will be warm for a day. If you start that same man on fire, he will be warm for the rest of his life.
8 at the bank and 4 leading MS Courses !
... I´m so tired....
Mauricio Ritter - Brazil
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