Tuesday 150630

For time:
Row 2,000m
30 Clean & jerks, 155#(105#)

Post time to BTWB.

Sam getting a lift around the block from James

Sam getting a lift around the block from James

Here’s a question for you all.  Does anyone know why the work day is 8 hours?  Before we start yelling about how 8 hours is half my day and how we all work longer than that, just remember 8 hours was long considered a normal work day for most Americans.  It actually dates back to the Industrial Revolution:

In the late 18th century, when companies started to maximize the output of their factories, getting to running them 24/7 was key. Now of course, to make things more efficient, people had to work more. In fact, 10-16 hour days were the norm.

These incredibly long work days weren’t sustainable and soon a brave man called Robert Owen started a campaign to have people work no more than 8 hours per day. His slogan was “Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest.”

So why the hell am I talking about the Industrial Revolution in a blog?  I found the blog found HERE very interesting and actually thought it might be a little controversial so I decided to post some of it and hear your thoughts.

Did you know that the human mind can focus on any given task for 90 – 120 minutes and then a 20-30 minute break is required.  This break allows us to renew our focus so we can give our full attention for another 90 – 120 minutes.  It’s referred to as the Ultradian Rythym.

optimal work time, ultradian rhythm

The idea with this understanding is to think what can be done in a 90 minute session versus an 8 hour work day.  I know many of us work way longer than 8 hours each day.  I’ve been applying this 90 minute session technique today as I write programming and attend to other business.  When I get to about 90 minutes I stop and take a little break with the intent being to renew so that I can come back and work for another 90 minutes and stay focussed on what I have to get done.

The blog by the CEO of buffersocial has so many more interesting points that I highly recommend you click the link above and give the entire feature a read. Post your thoughts in the comment section.


  1. rob bell :

    totally true! huge problem when I still did the corporate consulting gig was the perceived need to work harder and longer. staff would run themselves into the ground – both in micro (daily) and macro (long-term) – and not recognize or admit that their work quality was suffering. Anywhooooo….

    2 great resources I found in dealing with it:
    The Power of Full Engagement – written by one of the founders of the above. Provides a different look at how we use & build energy, and addressing our shortcomings.

  2. rob bell :

    On a separate note, given the upcoming holiday, will there be a hero WOD as usual?

    And, if so, on Fri or Sat?

    Muchos gracias!

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