Poll: How many days do you work on average each week?
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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Hours, not days Aug 21, 2007

I probably work about 40 hours a week (I've never timed it), but it's not distributed tidily into a certain number of work days. Sometimes it's 40 hours split over 7 days, and sometimes it's crammed into three or four days.

[Edited at 2007-08-21 14:24]


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Too many.... Aug 21, 2007

I'm trying to work 'office hours' - 8 hours a day, 5 days per week.
Somehow I always end up with lots of work by the end of the week (either because I'm a lousy planner, or had some kind of setback, or something unexpected happened, or I just didn't work hard enough that week) so unfortunately I mostly work 6 days a week.
I want my Sundays off, though, so if I have work to do on a Sunday, that's a sure sign I'm trying to do too much in too little time.

I also find that as a freelancer, I either have loads of work or hardly any work at all, so an average is hard to find.

By the way, can anybody please explain, why is it that there's little or no work to do when there's nothing special going on, and loads and loads of work offered when there are parties to attend, daytrips to go on, shows to see and exciting new books to read? Balancing work and private life gets really hard sometimes....

Best,
Margreet


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Murphy's law? Aug 21, 2007

Margreet Logmans wrote:

By the way, can anybody please explain, why is it that there's little or no work to do when there's nothing special going on, and loads and loads of work offered when there are parties to attend, daytrips to go on, shows to see and exciting new books to read? Balancing work and private life gets really hard sometimes....



I think it's Murphy's law or some amendment to it. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one it happens to.


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Nikki Graham  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Six to Seven Aug 21, 2007

I work nearly every day of the week, but that's because I have to look after my daughter after school and cannot cram in a whole day's work before she comes home, so there is unfortunately no choice but to catch up at weekends and in the evenings when my husband is around to help with childcare. I do, however, try very hard to keep any work to be done at weekends to a minimum and do it on a Sunday evening when kids (and often husband too!) are already in bed (because that's when the house is finally silent and I can concentrate properly).

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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Other Aug 21, 2007

Eight.

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Fernando D. Walker  Identity Verified

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Wow! Aug 21, 2007

Astrid Elke Johnson wrote:

Eight.


Astrid:
How can you do that? You work eight days a week? Where can I get that kind of weeks? Please, tell me.

Fernando

I wish weeks and days were longer...


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Clearly... Aug 21, 2007

Astrid Elke Johnson wrote:

Eight.


A Beatles fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uKwo7exlEY



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Luciana E. Lovatto  Identity Verified
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Don’t worry, Margreet Aug 21, 2007

[By the way, can anybody please explain, why is it that there's little or no work to do when there's nothing special going on, and loads and loads of work offered when there are parties to attend, daytrips to go on, shows to see and exciting new books to read? Balancing work and private life gets really hard sometimes....

Best,
Margreet [/quote]
It always happens to me too. I try to convince myself that it is the price I have to pay for not rushing to catch the bus to work or getting up at 6.00 a. m. every day. It helps


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Mariam Osmann
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No average waving mode Aug 22, 2007

Luciana Lovatto wrote:

I try to convince myself that it is the price I have to pay for not rushing to catch the bus to work or getting up at 6.00 a. m. every day. It helps


Oh yeah! I don't get up at 6.00 am, I work till 6 or 7 may be. Being sticked in fixed working hrs is so boring.
But 'nothing to do' during no-events time AND being so busy when life calls incites the moody person in me.

textKlick wrote:
A Beatles fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uKwo7exlEY

Nice song


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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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me too... Aug 22, 2007

Astrid Elke Johnson wrote:

Eight.


i work eight days a week too. sometimes more...
how can we work eight days a week? if 'normal' working-hour is eight hours a day, then the total would be forty hours in a week. if more than that, then you're basically working eight days, or more, a week...


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xxxIreneN
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Wrong units of measurement:-) Aug 22, 2007

I might have 50-hour 7-day weeks and/or fortnights without days off. It's a mix of translating and interpreting.

I watch my total annual load. It does not exceed 9 months/year and as long as I have 1 big (3 weeks) and 2 small (1 week) real vacations a year (meaning being unavailable and going out of town/country without a laptop), plus enough 2-3-day long full breaks and a few lazy weeks at home spread over the year, I'm happy. I have learned to say "no" and I prefer to have a full-time rest rather than scavange a couple of hours here and there. I either work the work, or rest the rest:-)


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Niraja Nanjundan  Identity Verified
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The Beatles song.... Aug 22, 2007

....is about love, not work!

Eight days a week
I love you
Eight days a week
Are not enough to show I care...
etc., etc.

I have a similar pattern to Steven's. I work a certain number of hours, spread over all seven days of the week.


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Thanks John and Luciana, Aug 22, 2007

good to know I'm not the only one!

Best,
Margreet


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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No problem Aug 22, 2007

Niraja Nanjundan wrote:

....is about love, not work!

Eight days a week
I love you
Eight days a week
Are not enough to show I care...
etc., etc.


I (sometimes) sing to my computer and to my CAT


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