Today I went to work at 9:30 and left at 15:00. That’s a little more than five hours of work. And that’s how it is on most days. Whenever I start feeling resistance within or that my productivity is going down faster than drinking a cold beer on a warm summer day I know that it is time to take a break.
I do the rest of the work remotely at home after either a nap, mild exercise or any kind of activity that can help me forget about all of the hats I sport every day.
Perhaps doing multiple hours in a row is what makes me sluggish later on, but I can usually recognize when I am in a state of flow versus when I am simply hacking away to get rid of some work. I prefer getting to the end of things and getting them done well. Granted it isn’t always possible, that mentality is what helps us understand what we do and get good at it. In other words, what’s the point of reading a book if you are skimming the chapters?
When I see employers raising their eyebrows at employees who leave early to finish work from home I would like for them to understand that were all different. Some people like putting in four hours of work in an eight hour shift. I don’t. I like putting in intelligent hours. I know myself and I know what makes me productive.
Obviously some employers are skeptical because there are always people who abuse the system, but if you talk to your employee everyday you will get to understand his profile and then make a proper assessment as to what his preferred work flow is.