Productive Hours in a Day

Consulting is a lot different from full time work.

Full time workers, if you condensed actual work time of an average day, may be 2 or 3 hours.

Trust me, I know how it works.

Consultants work 8 hours out of an 8 hour day.  They are busy nonstop.  There is no time for goofing off.  In fact, I'd venture to say that because of the tight deadlines, there's probably 10 or 11 hours condensed into an 8 hour day.

Full time workers have a good deal, as long as they show up on time, don't steal and don't piss off the boss, they can coast for a good portion of the day.  Granted there are lots of people working in full time roles who work hard, but I would go out on a limb to say that much of the day is wasted for a good percentage of the work force.

But that's okay.  Much of the medial work has already been automated or outsourced.  It's just a matter of time before much of the jobs today will follow the same path, in time.

Because job security no longer exists.  If you aren't providing value, you are just taking up space.

And even if you're the greatest worker in the world, a downsizing, merger, acquisition or dip in the stock price, and you're out the door.

So remember, make sure you're skills are sharp, network and do more than is expected.

And try to do at least 4 hours of solid work in a given day.


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