Think about it like this. It’s simple. Let’s assume most people work 40 hours per week. Most people do not really work that much but let’s still use it for our example. If you work twice as much, 80 hours per week, you will accomplish in a 6 months what takes everyone else a year. Zooming out, let’s say you both started working at age 20. It took your father 40 years to do what you could do in half the time.
80 hours per week is quite a lot. You definitely have to love your work. But even just working an extra hour or two per day can make a big difference. The follow post is a guide for what you can do to work longer hours.
Get the Proper Amount of Sleep
Cutting into your sleep schedule is the easiest way of getting more time out of your day. But science shows it’s a bad idea. Let’s avoid bad ideas. What you need to do is determine how little sleep you can get while still being rested and feeling good.
When I measured this for myself, I started high. I started sleep 9 hours per night to see what that felt like. I actually felt groggy because I had slept so long. I reduced it to 8.5 hours. I felt really good but maybe I was wasting time. I reduced it to 8.25 hours. This was really good. I didn’t get tired in the afternoon but was tired by bedtime. However, I kept going. I didn’t to find the perfect amount of sleep needed. I could not waste my life sleeping for 8.25 hours when I could function well at just 8. I went to 8 hours per night. Perfect. I’m getting just the right amount for my body. What’s your proper amount. Hopefully less! Some people can do fine with just 5 hours. I wish I was one of them!
Design the Proper Work Environment
Your work environment is massively important. What’s your current situation like? How’s your computer? Fast? Or distractingly slow? How’s your internet? The same? Do you have water at your desk or do you always use it as an excuse to wander off to the breakroom? Are your cubicle neighbors distracting?
Design the perfect environment. I like to do this type of stuff on Saturday’s. Go into your office and address what was bothering you last week. To give you ideas, here’s what I need fixed (I”m typing this on a Saturday):
- My monitor is annoyingly small.
- I should put the trash can closer to my chair.
- I need a way of blocking all sounds outside of my office. White noise. Comfortable headphones. Something.
This stuff is massively important. Even if that trash can being closer to my desk only saves me one minute per week, it’ll add up. Plus, it means I can stay focused on my work instead of swiveling my chair around and breaking my concentration.
Rid the Drama in Your Life
Nothing makes work harder than having a messed up personal life. Get your affairs in order. I know, I know, easier said than done. But seriously, just get them in order. If you fight with someone, either read books how to get alone with them or cut them from your life. If your boyfriend is abusive, leave him. If your in-laws are driving you crazy, let them know why. Buck up and take care of all this stuff. It’s eating away at your productivity and ultimately costing you a lot of money.
You probably don’t appreciate this one. But time spent exercises pays itself back in increased concentration at work. Exercise gives you more energy and more focus. Who doesn’t want more of those things. When I started biking to work, I felt terrible for a few days. But it was a good terrible. I was just tired. Now though, I feel fantastic. Exercise actually gives me more energy.
Biking to work is smart because it saves you money and helps your ability to earn more money. You can try other exercise as well. Maybe Yoga is your jam. Or maybe running gets you going. Do whatever you enjoy and that you can do long-term.
I know exercise isn’t particularly fun for some people. I myself was a pretty terrible athlete growing up. I then went for probably 5 years thereafter without breaking much of a sweat at anything. I had to get back on the horse. Starting is the hardest part. After that, you’ll likely keep going. You’ll make exercise part of your lifestyle. A person who works hard and exercises hard will have a long and happy life.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out there and implement these suggestions so you can make more money. This post could’ve helped you earn another $1,000 per month with the energy/efficiency/focus you will have gained. Sounds pretty good, am I right?!!
Will Lipovsky is a personal finance freelance writer and internet marketer. His most embarrassing moment has been saying to a Microsoft executive, “I’ll just Google it.” You can get in touch with Will at FirstQuarterFinance.com.