When I first started working here, in 1997, I had lunch with Dennis M. in the old building, in the old cafeteria that all of us old hands remember wistfully when we eat in the new cafeteria in the new building. Dennis said to me “There are some people who work 80+ hours a week and do very well for themselves. There are also people who work 40 hours a week and do very well for themselves.”
Dennis & I had our differences, later, and he passed away many years ago now; however, I still think about that conversation a few times a year, every year. Sixteen years on, I’ve found that work goes in phases — there are times when it’s 40 hour weeks (or, possibly, less than that if you’re counting actual work that’s getting done). There are other phases, like right now, when I check e-mail (and start replying) before I’m out of bed in the morning. Breakfast is spent in front of the work laptop or Outlook Web Access, there’s often a conference call on the commute, there’s a full day at the office, and the work laptop is open after dinner, often until after midnight.
From the article:
"However, these long hours are best spent on projects and pursuits that enliven you, not just staying longer at an office doing free work that you hate."