Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Statistician John Cook recently
began work as a consultant and has been looking at work habits on his blog.
One happy result is that he has encountered evidence that about four hours per day of concentrated effort is a common pattern among
successful people in the creative and thinking professions. (His commenters chimed in with even more such evidence.)
As I've blogged about before, and mentioned again in my previous post, the great mathematician and physicist Henri Poincaré put in two hours of work in the morning and two in the evening.Of course, by "work", Cook isn't talking about things like processing email. This distinction reminds me a little of a post I ran into some time back that complained about the lack of such a distinction in David Allen's GTD system. If I recall a remark by one of the commenters correctly, his remedy was to use Allen's system as a way to track all this "non-work" in order to make time for one's (actual) work.
Apparently this is a common pattern. Cal Newport mentions this in his interview with Todd Henry.