• Question: How long a day do you work?

    Asked by KatieG on 2 Mar 2021.
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      Miray Yasar answered on 2 Mar 2021:

      While I was working as an engineer in missile/rocket industry I was working for 8 hours per day. However, as a PhD student I am working more to improve my knowledge more and fast.

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      Alan Diaz answered on 2 Mar 2021:

      As a researcher you get to build your own schedule.
      On a weekly/monthly basis, I have deadlines that I have to meet. If it’s not having to give a presentation to my peers about my work, it’s having to write about the project that we’re working on, or it’s about deciding what else needs to be done (sometimes deciding what to do next can be hard to answer!). Accordingly, some days I really need to put a lot of effort (10+ hours), and some other days can be extremely relaxing (+1 hours). For the most part, I try to avoid working on weekends (sometimes we have to though). Overall, on a daily basis I try to have a balance between my work and my personal life. In the end, it’s not all about working!

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      anon answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I work from 9am to 5pm usually. Sometimes there is work that is required to be completed outside of these hours. The good thing about my job is that it’s so enjoyable, I don’t mind spending extra time doing my work. 🙂

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      Sergii Kushch answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I’d say that I work always. It doesn’t mean that I read only science journals or books or spend my time in front of a computer, it means that thinking process about tasks continues always. Sometimes, even when you sleep. 🙂

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      Melusine Pigeon answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I work in a place where we work from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. This flexible meaning If I want I can do 9.30am to 6.00pm for example.
      Since we are remote working due to the pandemic, we have all we need to work from home, the consequence of that is that for most of us we have worked more than usual.
      I still have a lot of meetings during the normal working hours but now I can also work late at night or during week-ends…it is up to me.

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      Jun Lin answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      It depends actually. On a normal day without experimental task, I work for about 8 hours. If I need to do experiments, I may have to work longer because labs could be fully booked by others in the next days or even weeks and I’ll just have to finish my experiments even that means I have to stay in lab close to midnight.

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      Mubashir Husain Rehmani answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      8 to 10 hours.

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      Peter Megyesi answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      It varies: on some days I only work 2 hours, on other days I work 10…

      You now might be thinking, “OK, so on average you work 6 hours”. Well, yes if you really pushed me to give you a number, that would be between 6 and 8. But here’s a twist: I don’t think that number matters at all…

      Instead, I think the most important (and probably the hardest) in anything you do: studying, working, sports etc. is that you identify when you are the most effective. And when you realise that you’re not effective at all, just stop doing whatever you’re doing at that moment.

      There’s more or less famous 80/20 rule I nowadays like to follow: 80% of your best work comes from only 20% of your time (also called Pareto principle).
      So what I try to do everyday is to find that 20% where I’m at my best. For me that’s usually in the morning hours but it can vary.
      In that period I make sure that nothing disturbs me, concentrate and work hard. But in the rest of my day, I’d frequently go on a break, work out, or do some chores, anything that refreshes my mental batteries. 🙂

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      Erika Duriakova answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      Being a researcher gives some freedom in terms of working hours. So some days I could be working all day without paying much attention to the world around me, while other days I spent most of the day chatting with people.