More. Of course. But Nataly at Work It Mom has an interesting post about time and whether more time really makes people more productive. I truly believe that in a work environment, there is only so much a body can do in one day. I think that when people try and fool themselves into thinking that they can and should work 80 and 100 hour weeks, the only thing they are doing is heading for a burn out, and in my opinion, working hard but not smart. And the reality is that everyone needs time “off” in order to be truly productive and creative.
When I worked in the Silicon Valley I was deeply disturbed by the “face time” culture that existed in the dot coms where I worked. It felt like people were at the office just to be there — but not necessarily to work. There was a lot of water cooler talk, too many video games played, and lots of long leisurely meals. No offense to my fellow employees, but I have my own personal life. When I am at work, I want to work, but then I want to go home and have my life. Most people when it really came down to it were really only working 6-7 hours a day, and mixing it up with lots of socializing.
I truly believe that you accomplish more and are most productive when you are realistic. Think about the most important, busiest, people in business who I think, give us all this idea that to be truly successful you must work 100 hour weeks. How many hours a week do they spend in meeting after meeting, or traveling to important meetings? How many hours a week do they actually spend working? they are forced to work longer hours because they have to deal with a bunch of time sucking activities– not because they are actually sitting down and working in front of a computer those 100 hours.
So my advice is WORK SMART. You will see more results, and you will be a happier person!