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Poll: How many hours on average do you usually work per day?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many hours on average do you usually work per day?".

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Teresa Borges
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Other (no idea!) Aug 12, 2016

I have been working full-time for over 40 years and what I can say is that work runs in cycles, some days I have no work at all and then in others I work 10/12 hours (or even more...).

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Exactly Aug 12, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

I have been working full-time for over 40 years and what I can say is that work runs in cycles, some days I have no work at all and then in others I work 10/12 hours (or even more...).


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writeaway  Identity Verified
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How many times a year Aug 12, 2016

is this question asked?

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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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8-10 Aug 12, 2016

It should be 8, but in practice I always end up working more than scheduled.

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Teresa Borges
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Last time this question was asked... Aug 12, 2016

writeaway wrote:

is this question asked?


I said more or less the same:

A more precise answer would be as long as it takes... Let's say that some weeks I can clock around 80+ hours and others no more than 10 hours! I've never done the maths...
http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/284089-poll_on_average_how_many_hours_do_you_work_per_week.html


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DZiW
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mostly about six hours Aug 12, 2016

Usually I work some six hours a day (and night sometimes), but not at one go.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Is how I answered because I can use only two fingers (comes in handy against some people ) on my right hand, which slows me down.

The question could have been phrased "How many hours are you prepared to work per day?" If so, I would answer "Depends how much you are motivated." How fast or slow you are and how long you work (or, have to work) depends on a lot of factors, and motivation is one of them. We all have different modus operandi. One average for one person will not work for others.

[Edited at 2016-08-13 11:05 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 12, 2016

An average doesn't exist. My working hours vary greatly. I only know that after 14 hours (with only a couple of 10-minutes' breaks now and then) my mind turns blank.

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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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As few as possible Aug 12, 2016

...while trying to earn as much as possible during this period.

I answered 6-8 hours for the sake of stats, but I may spend 2-3 hours more in front of the screen basically wasting my time in casual websurfing or remotely work-related reading.
Before the Internet, I also used to waste time while looking for a word in a dictionary, ending up skimming through pages and reading definitions whenever something caught my attention.

Philippe


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Two speedy fingers Aug 12, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:

Is how I answered because I can use only two fingers (comes in handy against some people ) on my right hand, which slows me down.

The question could have been phrased "How many hours are you prepared to work per day?" If so, I would answer "Depends how much you are motivated." How fast or slow you are and how long you work (or, have to work) depends on a lot of factors, and motivation is one of them. We all have different modus operandi. One average for one person will not work for others.

[Edited at 2016-08-12 13:41 GMT]


My good friend Julian: you'll feel right at home watching the fabulously tender and funny French movie Populaire in which the heroine (Rose Pamphyle) writes superfast on her typewriter with just two fingers.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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The law of the least effort Aug 12, 2016

Percocet is putting me on a great mood these days (I had hip surgery —scary!). I'll say that calculating an average of any activity, especially an economic activity, has to pursue a practical goal. Example: if I work 6 hours at 14 € per hour on average five days a week, 50 weeks a year, I'll be making 21,000 €/year. Whether that's enough for my living expenses or not, I'll use that as the fulcrum to increase or decrease my working hours per day on average.

It's a known factoid that Americans are among the least inclined to take long vacations, even if they have four weeks available per year. In the IT and software development sectors (with which I'm pretty familiar), pulling a 70-90-hour/workweek isn't uncommon.

So, again, calculating an average of anything has to pursue a practical goal. Since my goals don't involve calculating averages, you can guess what my answer would be to this poll.


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Paulette Romero  Identity Verified
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Agreed! Aug 12, 2016

Teresa Borges wrote:

I have been working full-time for over 40 years and what I can say is that work runs in cycles, some days I have no work at all and then in others I work 10/12 hours (or even more...).


I chose between 4-6 hours but honestly it varies. Sometimes I only work a couple of hours and other days I work like 8 hours on a rush project.


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xxxIlan Rubin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Which average? Aug 12, 2016

Mode, mean or median?

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