How many hours a week should we actually be working?

Sometimes work can get so overwhelming that hours seem eternal. But, have you ever wondered how many hours is the normal person supposed to dedicate to work?.

Well, according to, this depends on the person. Some people can, and should, work 60 hours and some the fact of working 40 hours a week is pointless.

The Answer:

No one became an entrepreneur because of wanting to work less. In fact, most entrepreneurs work an insane number of hours–probably more than 60 a week. Even when entrepreneurs aren’t actually working, they’re at least thinking about the business.

That hard work is something that we all celebrate and boast about. But should we really be working that many hours?

It’s a question that’s been asked numerous times by my fellow entrepreneurs. There have been books written on the subject–see Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek. And there have also been studies on the number of hours entrepreneurs work–over in the U.K., it’s been found that entrepreneurs work an average of 52 hours a week, which is 63 percent longer than the average worker. In short, it’s a topic that apparently strikes a nerve.

Working more than 40 hours is pointless for some people.

A lark is what is commonly known as a “morning person.” Larks are usually older and get up early to tackle the day first thing in the morning. Some other characteristics of larks include:

  • Most productive in late morning.
  • Most alert around noon.
  • Most active around 2:30 p.m.
  • Usually don’t nap.
  • Prefer to exercise in the morning.
  • Favorite meal is breakfast.
  • Run out of steam by the evening.

An owl is obviously a night bird and tends to be younger. Think college students. These are the people who have the following characteristics:

  • Most alert around 6 p.m.
  • Most active around 5:30 p.m.
  • Usually take longer naps.
  • Prefer to exercise in the evening.
  • Favorite meal is dinner.
  • Full of energy in the evening.

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