Round up of the 30 day challenge:
If you donât know I challenged myself to work 14 hours of âPure workâ per day for 30 days. Spolier alert I failed. I averaged out at almost exactly 11 hours per day, which is pretty good considering I counted weekends!!!!! Anyway this article is:
âWhat I learnt by trying/failing to work 14/12 hour days, every day, for a monthâ¦.â
Itâs fucking hard! (Excuse my French.)
â¦â¦But I didnât really mind it! (More on that in a second)
And long term no one can do it and be happy!
I donât care who you think you are but 14/12 hour pure working days, no weekends, no evenings off, cannot be done long term and keep your sanity!
People who say they work 100 hour weeks probably include the in-between times, times when they are eating, with clients and breaks. I tried 14/12 hour pure work days and it was the most tiring thing I have ever done. But was I unhappy? No not really, but long term I think no one could do it and be happy! (Delegation is not included as work for me.)
In the long term, I would be one depressed MF, but in the short term I didnât have a problem as I know what it takes to be successful and when you are on the âprecipice of successâ, you need to put in a hell of a lot of work! So you donât have to do the 9-5/6 grind for pittance for the rest of your life.
So whyÂ didn’tÂ I mind it:
As I mentioned throughout this challenge, I did suffer from informational overload, which meant I was working on 15+ different things, whilst having a social life, university course and spending a lot of time working on fitness.
My to-do list looked like a companyâs monthly ideas bank, this is when I knew I needed to absolutely smash everything on there and kill it for good.
This was my main aim for the challenge and happy to say I did complete it.
Although I did find some new ideas in this time, they are formulated into action plans that are relevant to other projects, and hence it has all started coming together, which is why I am taking another challenge to me, which is called the 3K November Challenge.
There are a couple of things left on the to-do list (annoyingly) but I will slowly cross these off over the next 2 weeks, as well as catching up on training, sleep, TV and social life!
I will then take my November Challenge. Full write up on what that is will be in the end of October, and itâs a goodie as its not time based itâs a monetary based one.
So what I learnt â Work Smart Not Long!
Be efficient when working â Donât work for duration. Its quality over quantity! 14 hours is to much if you still want to have some sort of a life. My next challenge is going to be monetary based and it is an interesting one too! Â Work smarter not longer
(https://www.fastcompany.com/3035605/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/the-exact-amount-of-time-you-should-work-every-day) Read this post half way through my challenge which was kind of counterproductive in a way but I recommend anyone looking to work âefficientlyâ to check it out.
Also the book by David Allen âHow to get things doneâ is pretty good so far, only about 80 pages into so far (its what I read when Iâm travelling
A word on information overload! Its very annoying
I had so many good ideas, so many things to do, all of which would probably work if I implemented them one by one and concentrated on one at a time. But using 5% of your effort across 20 projects leads to none of them being a success and frustration and to-do lists growing. So in this 30 days my main aim was to kill this huge âto doâ list. And to be honest I really believe I have done it. It weirdly feels like a load off my mind, like I have mentioned before, even though I havenât generated a lot of income from any of the tasks and apart from a few websites I donât have that much physically to show for it, but I wouldn’t change the past 30 days for anything.
I’m sure there were not many people who read all 30 days of my posts as I was mainly using them as tracking and to force myself to do it to.
But in total the figures ended up at:
30 days @ 11 hours per day = 330 hours, not too bad. Aimed for over 400 at first but looking back that was ambitious.
Like I mentioned work smart, don’t work long!
For the record, I know the term is “work smart not hard” but FTS.