The eight hour workday operates under a time and effort economy based on the industrial factory model which is sorely outdated —and no longer applies in a results economy.
Here’s the reality:
The average American office worker is productive 2.1 hours a day.
And think about all the structure and corporate bureaucracy in place coercing them to do work:
Commuting, physical offices, organizational hierarchies, bosses, coffee breaks, team building, worthless meetings and Steve from accounting who never stops talking.
To say we are unproductive, distracted and barely getting any real work done would be an understatement.
But let me ask you —and this is especially important for those who run their own business or aspire to:
What if you could do an entire week’s worth of work in 10 hours?
(By doing so, you drop the myth of the eight hour work day.)
Let me explain in the form of an example.
A few years ago —I worked with someone who had a full-time gig and was building a side hustle.
They only had ten hours for their side hustle, which meant:
Every action was vital.
Every action was important.
Every action was significant.
And because of this:
They didn’t have time for tasks.
They didn’t have time for distraction.
They didn’t have time to mess around.
Months later —when they finally quit and went full time —they had a realization:
They were creating more results in ten hours a week than the unlimited time they had now.
Because productivity is not about time and effort —it is about urgency, focus and living in a results economy.
When you live in results economy:
You value results —not time and effort.
The reality is:
The eight hour workday is a myth created out of thin air.
It worked for a while, but no longer applies.
Many of my clients who run their businesses work three days a week —and stop working at 2PM.
And they’re producing more results than ever.
Do you believe the myth of the eight hour workday?