What a great way to start the week to read Dan Cook’s presentation on productivity (via Andrew Chen’s blog). His presentation summarizes key findings from a number of real-life experiments on productivity. Among them:
- Productivity for knowledge workers drops at around 35 hours / week
- There is always a cost for crunching (we all know this, don’t we?)
- Productivity increases significantly for seating cross-functional teams of 4-8 people together (and closing the door)
I personally believe that in a knowledge-intensive position you are doing well if you are getting four good hours of work per day. The rest of the 8 hour day is spent on interruptions, meetings and communications (internal and external).
What’s your take – how many hours of productive work do you think you get done on the average per day?