The 104-Hour Workweek

Everyone likes the 4-hour workweek. It’s possible in theory but why bother with it when you can work 104 hours a week. That’s how the real business is done.

The cold hard reality is that when you are building a business it’s not just hard but it’s also wrong and irresponsible to not be obsessed by it. So if you are just working 4 hours and you are wasting most of your time you are not productive. 

Now I know that Tim Ferris didn’t mean wasting time. He has great book, but many dreamers interpret it in a wrong way. Follow whatever path you like, I’m advocating the long hours dedicated hard and smart work.

So how does the 104-hour workweek looks like?

A week has 168 hours in total.
Lets say on average you speed 7 hours a day, that means 49 hours a week.
If you spend 2 hours a day on essential tasks like – taking shower, going to the bathroom, cleaning, eating, etc – 14 hours a week.
When you put 104 hours of work (travel for works is included) – you are left with 1 hour a week for your personal life.

Looks extreme, and it is extreme.

I don’t know many people who are able to sustain such regime for a long time.

Some people sleep less so they have more room but it’s not a viable option for everyone.
I had bad sleep for years, I was not able to speed a lot. And my productivity sucked, despite that I had more hours available.

Sometimes sleeping more can actually boost your performance.

I think every entrepreneur should try to have at least 2-3 104-hour workweeks a year.
In my view 50 hours a week is a minimum for a regular basis.
60 hours easy.

Of course the quality of the hours is even more important than the quantity. Some people can outwork others. You can work 100 hours and accomplish nothing while others can work 1 hour and be hyper productive.

High-performance requires the ability to use maximum hours in a maximum state of productivity.

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