How Long Have You Gone?

Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 5:01 am | Comments off

Yesterday I sat down for work at 8 am and didn't get up until 7 pm - 11 hours straight. That's definitely my record for the most amount of work done at one time. I have put in a longer day than that (I hit around 14 to 15 hours once), but that time I at least had time to stop for lunch. So anyway, that made me wonder about the rest of you - I'm sure someone has put my numbers to shame.

Note: I'm talking about client work here, I'm sure we've all worked on personal projects until we've gone blurry-eyed... ;)


John Tran
March 3rd, 2005
5:58 AM | #

HAHa hope you make tons of money :D

March 3rd, 2005
6:27 AM | #

Um, get some sleep. You probably need it as much as I do! =)

Jonathan Fenocchi
March 3rd, 2005
8:54 AM | #

Straight. On client projects. Nope, your numbers put mine to shame. I might be writing an entire videographer/photographer CMS and gallery system (PHP and JavaScript work) soon, though, and I'm sure that will take quite a few hours. You're correct about one thing, though. We've _all_ worked on personal projects until we went blurry-eyed!

David Brent
March 3rd, 2005
11:47 AM | #

I once worked for about 6 hours straight. I was working so hard I needed to release some energy so I took a break and went and played Squash. I would certainly reccomend physically demanding exercise in between working!

March 3rd, 2005
4:01 PM | #

The most intense period of work for me was about a year ago. I came in on a monday morning at about 7am and worked until about 5pm ... I went home, ate and put the kids to bed, spent some time with my wife and then came back to the office at around 10pm that night. I worked all through the night and went home the next day at around 6:30pm.

I was working on a Flash presentation for some investors that were coming into town. Those are the times I wish I wasn't salaried.

March 3rd, 2005
9:09 PM | #

You wouldn't know hard work if it bit you on the bum Ryan! ;)

38 hours straight was my record. Not something to be proud of... :(

Ryan Brill
March 3rd, 2005
10:11 PM | #

Lol... I knew someone would put my measly 11 hour stint to shame, but 38? Sheesh. That's about my record for simply staying awake. ;)

March 4th, 2005
3:46 PM | #

33 hours is my record - but I've done it twice. Do I win? ;o)

A major hardware failure meant rebuilding servers from scratch. Nice!

Paul Carpenter
March 5th, 2005
12:58 PM | #

Wow, you guys are seriously hardcore geeks. I'm pretty sure I've never spent more than 5 hours doing any one thing, I have a very short attention span.

March 7th, 2005
2:51 AM | #

Not spent that amount of time straight on a client yet.

Although i have deffinately worked on personal projects until i've gone blurry eyed, had a smoke break, and gone back to work many a time.

Chris Martz
March 7th, 2005
6:07 PM | #

I sat down yesterday for 10 hours working on a program for my school. That's the last time I do that without getting paid!

Meitar Moscovitz
March 8th, 2005
1:06 AM | #

Lol! This is generating some pretty funny comments. Anyway, my own admission:

I never spend much time in one chunk doing client-side stuff, especially CSS. Frankly, the browser bugs just tick me off too much.

When I sit down to program, however, I can get *seriously* lost in the work. This one time (at Band Camp...), I spent 17 hours straight (I even forgot to eat) working on a custom control panel for the administration area of a web site I had designed earlier.

But like a previous commenter mentioned, I'm not sure this is something to be proud of....

And, @Chris Martz: Yeah, if there's one thing I'll never do again it's work for no money. That's not right.

Chris Martz
March 8th, 2005
7:09 PM | #

Yeah, at first they said they would pay me for it and then they found a loophole and said that I would receive credit in a class instead of getting paid. I would have liked to have some input on this situation!

March 9th, 2005
6:07 AM | #

At the job I'm about to leave (tomorrow's the last day) I've put in 28, 30, 36, and 40 hour deadlines. I'd go in on Wednesday morning and leave late Friday night or early Saturday morning (early as in 4am).

Can you guess why I'm leaving?

Paul Carpenter
March 9th, 2005
8:15 PM | #

Kenneth, is it because the company gym isn't up to your standards?

Mike Purvis
March 14th, 2005
8:20 AM | #

I've been really burning myself at both ends the past week and a half -- between my PHP codemonkey job during the day and my VB.NET codemonkey job at night, it's been 3-5 hours of sleep a night.

I've found that it's interesting to experiment with different times for the powernaps. For example, working all day and then until four in the morning is not very productive by the end... it's much better to work after dinner, sleep for three hours, and then resume again in the early morning.

Of course, this is completely unhealthy and not appropriate for a long-term lifestyle, but it's workable for an emergency schedule where a project had a few more loose ends than I thought it did.

March 17th, 2005
3:09 AM | #

Of course, Paul. I just couldn't take one more day of waiting two hours for the elliptical machine.

Jonathan M. Hollin
March 27th, 2005
9:10 AM | #

I sat down to start work at 9am on August 7th, 1997 and I still haven't finished!

Paul Carpenter
March 27th, 2005
12:35 PM | #

In that case Jonathan, I'll think you'll finish a lot quicker by not wasting time on Blogs.

Jonathan M. Hollin
March 27th, 2005
2:50 PM | #

You're right Paul. Curse my RSS reader!

April 12th, 2005
5:38 AM | #

hey Ryan, I admire people like you, gifted at your work and willing to share your tallent with others with no vanity (i've been searching for php code to build and modify a table and found your post on webdeveloper!!!). Just wanted to add my 2 pence worth: I was working for a company in the USA and on several occasions had to put in 2 day (48 hour) non-stop shifts to ensure the custome was kept happy. Admittedly I had to take off the following 2 days as vacation so as my body could recover!!!!!

Chuck Spidell
April 18th, 2005
8:12 AM | #

Well I hear that! I designed this site in one day as well, in 15 hours:

That's something I will never do again.

Patrick Johnson
May 15th, 2005
8:50 PM | #

Whoa...11 hours straight work, my record is 4, then I had to get a drink. Lol, it was in summer so I guess you cant blame me :D

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