(Closed) How productive are you at work? [poll]

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: How much time do you spend completely focused at work? (8 hour day)

    2-3 hours

    3-4 hours

    4-5 hours


  • Post # 46
    919 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I work from home too and follow roughly the same pattern. If I need to get more work done or have a pressing deadline, I tend to get up early. Usually by 2pm my focus is slipping. Sometimes I’ll take breaks where I’m online but watching TV. That usually helps me come back with more focus after the break. 

    Post # 47
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

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    stillnothing :  I love that you did this poll and are asking about this. It helps me feel less guilty 🙂

    I am in a similar situation as you and would feel guilty if I didn’t put in 40 hours of “productivity”. But then I realize, my coworkers, who are in the office don’t actually have to work 40 hours, they are just in the office for 40 hours. Like today for example, there was an hour and a half going away breakfast for another coworker, but since I’m not there I can’t go, so am I supposed to work that hour and a half while they all eat breakfast burritos and pastries and bullshit??…eff no, I went to the gym instead. And when I do go in the office I hear my colleagues talking about Game of Thrones of Walking Dead or whatever for 30+ min while I’m plugging away so I can get my shit done and get out of there. So now I don’t feel guilty, or I feel less guilty at least. I do about 25 hours of actual work per week plus I am super responsive to emails, calls, etc. It seems that is equivalent to the standard 40-hour workweek. 

    Post # 48
    31 posts

    No choice-I’m an RN on a busy neuro -trauma unit and I’m generally at work from 6:40pm-7:40am with a 30 minute lunch and a 15 minute break on calmer nights (we’re legally mandated three 15-minute breaks). We maybe have 15 min downtime where I’m chatting with coworkers, but nights is calmer.

    Post # 49
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I work in an office but the expectation is 7.5 hours of work (an 8.5 hour day minus half hour coffee break and half hour lunch). I work for an NGO so maybe that changes things because I know the money comes from people wanting their money to do good things,  but I spend 7.5 hours a day working. I take little breaks in between but stay a bit later to make up the time or else don’t take a coffee break if my colleagues aren’t in, and spread the half hour out.

    Post # 50
    243 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m supposed to work 8 hr days, but it’s usually more like 10 hr days of non-stop intense work at breakneck speed, no time for breaks or lunch.  We’re understaffed right now, and this routine is really starting to suck for me!

    Post # 51
    139 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m a financial advisor and some days are slower than others.  I do find that the mornings are my most productive time and I try to schedule conference calls or smaller mundane paperwork or continuing education tasks for the afternoon hours.  And, the summer is really slow anyway since many clients and prospects tend to be out of town.

    Post # 52
    2309 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    It varies for me. I work at a university to it tends to be quiet in the summer (this week) but it gets busy during the school year. I prefer to be busy and don’t like how the days drag when I am not. 

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