Depends on a day, some days I’m so lazy and have to take breaks, some days I would work rather than doing anything else in the world.
One thing I noticed that interupts my work is the constant checking of forums, email etc. so that sometimes distract me.
These responses are really interesting. I wasn’t expecting such varied responses (or strict routines).
I tried many different routines and time limits when working.
I’ve found working 2 focussed hours in a morning and 2 focussed hours in an afternoon are how I get my best work done.
I deal with email, social media etc over coffee in a morning then in an afternoon too.
But 2 hours seems to be my attention limit. Any more than that and I start producing very low quality work (in all aspects of my job).
I live by two mantras: Make hay while the sun shines; and I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
Typically, 14 to 16 hours a day – seven days a week with a six min smoke break each hour. I eat at my desk between keystrokes. Eight years without a vacation or day off. Every few years I start to feel a little burned out, but, power though it and that feeling goes away.
Kids xmas / b-days, wedding anniversary or cool celestial events (I love astronomy), I may only work 6 to 8 hours.
There are times where I mess around (like now), but usually in random little spurts between projects.
Interesting tid-bit: Did you know that office chair manufactures will not warranty a chair if you sit in it more than 8 hours a day? They consider that “abuse” or “outside of normal wear and tare”. I go though expensive office chairs yearly (I’m “thin” by most (esp. US) standards). Doc. said my cholesterol is a point too high – so I moved my Cheetos a little further away so I have to stretch – close enough to exercise for me
The great thing about this work is freedom of organizing your work hours. Once I get into my rhythm, I could literally spend all day long making a design and testing different ideas.
But if it is “one of those days” when nothing is going your way, and you are struggling to find your inspiration to stay on track, the best way possible is just to go to sleep
So, it is all relative
When practicing drum rudiments , I can practice at least 3 hours without a brake.
1- RLRLR RLRLR RLRLR RLRLR
2- RRLL RRLL RRLL RRLL
3- RLRR LRLL RLRR LRLL
It really depends. Sometimes I really get in a groove and can be actively engaged in something for hours. It has been very up and down for me this year though. I have gone through periods where I’ll do 8-9 hour days with very few breaks for weeks at a time. Other times I’ll go through periods where I’ll probably only get in 4-5 hours of real work a day. I’m currently going through one of those periods.