Everyone at some stage of their life, will find themselves working for someone. We call it employment. I remember when I was employed, I'd spend quite some time doing a whole lot of nothing.

Don't get me wrong. When I was busy I was BUSY but at certain times of the day, it was just 'nothing time'. The culture of work spaces in the west usually incorporates some, or in most case a LOT of down time. Whether it's 2coffee sessions in the morning, long lunch breaks and after lunch lazy hours, we don't work our full 8 hours.

Of course it will be different if you work in a more 'hands on' job but for many of us if not most this is the case.

When I began working for myself, I'd work 10-12 hours a day. Mostly because I was REALLY motivated to make things work. Now, not so much. I have a stable income coming in. I can probably get away with working 1-2 hours a day which would easily maintain it but I choose to work more. The question is, how much more?

After sitting down with a pen and paper and calculating how much time the average person spends doing ACTUAL WORK with no distractions and 100% output, I decided this number for me would be 4 hours.

Think about it. The average person will spend 8-10 hours 'working'. This will consist of

  • Morning Coffee/Settling in/Chats - 9am-10am, (1hr)
  • Solid Work, with a few breaks in between - 10am - 12am
  • Lunch break - 12am - 1pm, (1hr)
  • MAYBE doing another 1 hour of work, (1pm-2pm)
  • Lazily working, waiting for home time, (2pm-4/5pm)

This is how most people worked at my company. I'm not sure if it was the same for you guys. With this work ethic, the company was a multi-billion dollar business. Of course there were some times where people would just put their heads down and work but the average person worked 2-4 solid hours and no more.

I now put this into practice and work from 8am - 12pm with NO distractions. Everything is work related. 4 hours flies by when you get in to your work and once it's done, I have pretty much the whole day to do what I want.

4 hours is PLENTY of time if you're going to be consistent with it. I'm able to easily launch around 10 Teespring campaigns, work on my blog, work on other projects, etc within these hours.

Last year I brought in 150k U.S and I hardly worked 4 hours every day! If I averaged it out for the whole year, it would probably turn out to be 2-4 hours every week day

I would recommend this to anyone. Don't give yourself the whole day to work on your stuff. Pick 4 hours of the day to just sit and smash out a work session. You'll notice you'll work harder and end up achieving more because you now have an 'end time'. Don't allow yourself to work more than 4 hours. In fact BAN yourself from working more than 4 hours. This way, you'll put in 4 solid hours every day, have more time to spend and drastically improve the quality of your work hours.

- Mateen


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Written by Mateen