How many hours a week do you work?

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How many hours a week do you work?

Post by spin_echo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:23 pm

I am at physically at work about 55 hours a week but have a lot of "homework" (reading, preparing presentations, etc related to job) -- probably to the tune of another 15 hours/week

So, for me I would say I work about 70 hr/week, not including commuting. I like my job but sometimes wish I could afford to work less

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Post by Dingle » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:26 pm

40

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Post by chaz » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:29 pm

0 since retired.
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Post by Tortoise » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:30 pm

50 counting approx 10 per week from home.
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Post by spin_echo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:34 pm

chaz wrote:0 since retired.
If I am lucky that will be me in about 25 years --- :)

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Post by thedude » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:37 pm

I'm at work 40 hours. I probably do 5-10 hours of work per week, since my boss is far too disorganized to put me to work and due to political sensitivity, I can't really take on new projects independently. I'm going to start looking for a new job as soon as I hit the 1 year mark at this job.

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Post by camper » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Varies depending on workload. I probably average around 48 hours per week.

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Post by wingnutty » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Average between 40-50. But in the summer/fall I usually work more like 50+ hrs per week.

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Post by White Coat Investor » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:58 pm

30-35
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Post by Atilla » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:59 pm

Realistically probably 35 hours a week, plus weekend work of anywhere from 1 to a very rare 20 hours.

I get paid based on what I bring in and not the hours I work.

Sometimes the job calls for long workdays on Saturday and Sunday. And most days I can really do whatever I want at any particular time.

Good thing I like my job and get paid on commission or I could turn really lazy.

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Post by letsgobobby » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:04 pm

40-45 hours 3 weeks/month, and 70 hours the last week. plus night call, which isn't too bad.

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Post by slow n steady » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:45 pm

I usually put in about 45-48.

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Post by spin_echo » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:02 pm

Hmm. I think I work too much -- or maybe I am just not efficient enough....

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Post by livesoft » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:08 pm

I work about 30 hours a week. Some of that is going to lunches and dinners with clients.
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Post by bradshaw1965 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:15 pm

50 usually, 60 during crunch time 3 or 4 times a year for a couple of weeks doing technical work in a media/creative services job. Anything more then 60 is counter-productive, but it's hard to convince people of that in an industry known for "heroic effort" at project deadline.

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Post by fsrph » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:30 pm

40 .... but I can drop down to 32 if I want and retain FT benefits.

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Post by og15F1 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:35 pm

When we are slow I would have to guess 20-30 and when busy around 50-60. I'm paid salary for 40 regardless though. Probably average 40 depending on how many projects I get on during a year.

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55+ Hours

Post by slowmoney » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:55 pm

I work about 55+ hours a week.

I am the part owner of a small business which is 40+ hours a week depending on market conditions.

I also work one night a week and every other weekend at a local hospital because they supply health insurance, pension and retirement plan. The total cost of the health plan is over $15,000 a year!! They cover 2/3 of cost!

BTW, my wife stays at home taking care of the 4 kids which is a job in itself. I take about 2 and 1/2 weeks of vacation as well.

I do have to say, when I saw Emergdoc at 30 hours a week, I was jealous! He probably takes 2 months of various vacations!!
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Post by 14thMed » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:14 pm

30-35 plus call howevere you want to factor that ,sometimes in call will push that to 80-90 hrs. other times not at all. Al

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:23 pm

Most weeks I average 20-30 hours. Anywhere from 5-10 weeks a year are crazy busy and they will average 55-65 hours per week. I also take over 6 weeks vacation a year.

Since I can support most of my clients remotely, I have saved an enormous amount of time commuting to/from my clients.

This also allows vacation time, where I can handle emergencies from wherever I am on vacation.

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Post by Triple digit golfer » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:46 pm

I probably work about 20 hours per week.
I'm at work for about 50 hours per week.

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Post by gkaplan » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:51 pm

50
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Post by Qtman » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:09 pm

60+
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Post by White Coat Investor » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:13 pm

Qtman wrote:60+

Qtman wrote:Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; be wise enough to control yourself.
Anyone else see a disconnect there? :)
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Re: 55+ Hours

Post by White Coat Investor » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:19 pm

slowmoney wrote: I do have to say, when I saw Emergdoc at 30 hours a week, I was jealous! He probably takes 2 months of various vacations!!
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I don't necessarily get 2 months of vacation, but I do have lots of 3 and 4 day work weeks.
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Post by tim1999 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:31 pm

I'm in the office usually 40-45 hours per week. Sometimes as many as 50 during busy times. Also some overnight/multi-day travel a couple times a month.

At home I usually spend on average about 15 minutes each night/weekend day dealing with work-related emails and calls.

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Post by investor » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:32 pm

ZERO :lol:

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Post by bmelikia » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:41 pm

60 hours is a relaxed work week. . .starting in a week I will go 84 hours a week for 4 weeks or so then I will go back to 12 days in a row (10 hour days) then 2 days off. . .and that will continue through September/October. . .
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Post by Jake46 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:55 pm

chaz wrote:0 since retired.
+1

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Post by Tyrobi » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:56 pm

0 in half of the year, and 40+ in other half of the year.

Can I classify it as semi-retired?
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Post by paulsiu » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:01 pm

More like 60 hours a week. Sadly.

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Post by KyleAAA » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:01 pm

40 at my job. Probably another 10-15 on my business.

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Post by Triple digit golfer » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:33 pm

EmergDoc wrote:
Qtman wrote:60+

Qtman wrote:Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; be wise enough to control yourself.
Anyone else see a disconnect there? :)
Yeah, he should quit and be unemployed instead.

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Post by SHL » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:39 pm

37.5
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Post by BostonBoy » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:46 pm

Jake46 wrote:
chaz wrote:0 since retired.
+1
+2 retired

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Post by Random Musings » Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:47 pm

It would be interesting to see the ratio of hrs worked to hrs at one's place of employment. I try to cram all my work in a 40-45 hr week, and if necessary, get stuff done during lunch. I'm not into the political game of hanging around the office at night for "face time".

The longest hours I put in were during my entrepreneural times - when you are your own boss, it's the toughest.

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Post by brxn » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:00 pm

37.5

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Post by jheez » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:01 pm

Beat you all... 90 - 100 hours per week currently. I'm leaving my day job in about 2 months, which will hopefully take me down to about 60 hours per week in my business. Oh, the free time I'll have! :)

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Post by jh » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:01 pm

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Post by ram » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:53 pm

55 + 8 =63 hrs

55 hrs of regular work and about 80 hrs/wk on call. I am arbitarily assinging an intensity of 0.1 to the call hours. Frankly I would prefer 8 hrs of regular work to 80 hrs of call because of the uncertainess of the call.

We all understand that stocks (on an average) pay better than bank CDs because of lack of predictability in the return. Let us say that roughly CDs pay 2.6% to 4% and stocks pay 8%, a factor of 2x to 3x.

I will likely start a poll on what people think should be weightage assingned to an hour of "on call' work Vs an hour of standard 8-5 work.
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Post by bryanv » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:57 pm

40 or so at the real job, with another 10-40 on my side business.

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Post by Peter Foley » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:09 pm

I'm normally at work 41.25 hours per week. When we are busy I catch an earlier bus and work from 42 to 44 hours. When we are not particularly busy I take slightly longer lunches and average about 39.

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Post by S&L1940 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:18 pm

telecommute 20-25 hours a week for one client

I sometimes wind up sitting in front of the computer an extra hour or two per day accessing sites like BH...
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Post by scrabbler1 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:43 pm

BostonBoy wrote:
Jake46 wrote:
chaz wrote:0 since retired.
+1
+2 retired
Also retired (an early retiree). Zero hours worked.

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Post by market timer » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:59 pm

60 hours at work, but not all work. Includes reading, learning, coffee breaks, walking outdoors. Actually take vacations and devote about 30 days a year to international travel -- Laos, Mexico, India, southern France, and Spain this year. I love my job.
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Post by TheEternalVortex » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:04 am

I'm at work around 50 hours/week, but that includes lunch & dinner, so probably I am working more like 40 hours/week.

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Post by traineeinvestor » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:44 am

Looking at my time sheets for last year, I typically hit 50-60 hours a week with the occasional spike to 80+ hours and one week when I hit 98 hours.

While I do get compensated for the long hours, it isn't too hard to think of a lot of other things I would rather be doing and I'm looking forward to the day when the working hours get reduced to zero.

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Post by nwrolla » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:56 am

Usually 40 hrs a week I rarely go into over time.

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Post by Mitchell777 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:58 am

about 45. Used to be more but with 2 hours a day on the road I had to cut back.

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Post by Beantown85 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:14 am

I'm guessing my average would be something like 47.5

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