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How long is a working day?

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Ask the question to everyone you meet and most say 8 hours. Also ask children, they can often give very surprising and apt answers. (they can also give “interesting” answers to WHAT you do at your job).What then is a job to be done in one day? Do you work all the time?

Do you know when you have finished working? Is it a certain time or when your task is finished? How do you know when it’s done? Is it ready at 5 pm?

If you are going to be at work one day until 15, do you have time to get ready by that time?

I do not have the answers to the questions above. I can only see one thing and that is that the more time we spend at work the less we get done…

If you have time to finish a task by 15 instead of kl. 17, what is the reason for that? It is the same task that would otherwise have taken you to kl. 17 another day.

The answer lies in prioritization. And your priorities are in your head. Everything is in our heads.

Not letting your employees (read wage slaves) leave their workplaces to do other things during the working day is also in the head of the employer. It’s based on a distrust of employees: that they would use my money to shoe themselves. This is exactly what employees do by being inefficient at work. That’s when we sit down and read the newspaper during working hours, read private emails and answer them. So what’s the difference really? The only difference is that we stay in the workplace and look busy. A stack of paper and a phone next to your ear are enough for everyone to think you are working. You could fool me anyway….

Most things flow together from leisure and work more and more. We use, for example, Facebook for our customer contacts, the blogs we read are involved in our work and our skills.

Where is the line between what is work and what is not work anymore?

What IS a job to be done? How do we measure it and how do we measure if the work is done in the most efficient way for the organization and the individual? Is a working day 8 hours?

How then have we come to the conclusion that 8 hours is the amount of time we need to perform a job? Of course, there are industries where this may still be defensible, such as industry, but many other industries would benefit from at least starting to think about how long a working day can actually be.

M-swamp

A survey was conducted by the consulting company Ming Company and their report “Working life in the office” shows that only two (2) hours a day are spent actually working. Ie. We use 25% of our working day to do what we are there for. What do we do then the rest of the day? According to the report, we are trampling around in the “M-swamp” where meetings, emails and measurements have taken over at the expense of the core mission itself, which is summarized as: “Why do we exist?”

This is what a working day looks like according to the report:

• 45 percent of the day we “communicate”. It is meetings that must be prepared and then they must be set aside. We “communicate at the coffee, the printer, the doorway, the corridor and wherever we can stop and pass some time.

• 20 percent is used to develop this culture. That is, then the employees are trained in how to work and of course a report must be written on everything.

• 10 percent of the time at work is used for transfers of all kinds.

• 25 percent (that is, what is left) is used to answer the question “Why do we exist?” Ie. then the employees work to deliver services, service and stuff to those who once thought the company existed for them, the customers).

Only 2 hours each day are spent performing the actual work. The rest of the time (6 hours every day) is used to coordinate things, inform everything and everyone, agree with everything and everyone, sit in meetings or just hang out.

If a job can be completed the day before, why should I be inefficient for a whole day? Can anyone tell me about it?

There are those who are able to measure the result of what they have done and in this way they can show the time they put in to get their result. Do you create more value by doing something for a longer period of time at work or is it just seeking confirmation from the boss and his colleagues?

Isn’t it better to be able to be productive instead of looking busy all the time?

Or is it like this:

As long as the employer pretends that we get paid well, we can pretend that we do a good job.

If you were your own, how long working days would you have and perhaps the most important question: what would you fill your days with? It is easy to fall into the trap that working days should be between 8 and 5, regardless of whether you are employed or self-employed. As a self-employed person, it is just as easy to fill your days with meaningless tasks that do not lead anywhere, but only keep you busy.

It’s business, not busyness.

How long is your working day? Do you want 8-hour workdays that you do not even know if you can fill with something productive?

We are also so marked that a working day is 8 hours, so when we choose to take the step out of the employment swamp, we often go right into the self-employment swamp where we function exactly the same. We spend 8 hours at our computers and our desks, most of which are filled in to “do” our 8 hours. Who’s fooling here?

We still work as if we were employees – ie our employer cheats on hours and pretends to be busy. The difference here is that now we are fooling ourselves.

Then when we have sat off our 8 hours, the other work as a self-employed person begins: accounting and other paperwork that belongs “outside” the regular work. Now we are up for more hours than when we were employed. And still we have not earned the big bucks and got the freedom we wanted when we decided to start our own.

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