46-Hour Week Challenge Results

September 20, 2007 Posted by Tyler Cruz

I’m sure a lot of you are curious to see if I ended up making my 46-hour Week Challenge or not :)

After a very unpleasant week of work, right before midnight on Monday the 17th, I successfully finished my 46th hour, making my goal :)

I must admit that I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it or not, especially the day before. I was just too sick of working and really needed a break from the computer. I was also not getting much sleep, and my eyes were sore from staring at the computer.

The pressure of the $125 I would have had to pay out if I didn’t make the challenge in time did help push me. It wasn’t so much losing $125 as it was losing it for such a stupid reason. So the pressure of losing the cash did in fact help with the challenge.

I did get a lot of work done, though, so all my hard work wasn’t for nothing.

I spent a lot of those hours writing my blog posts. I think it shows in the quality of my recent posts, too. They were longer and just of higher quality.

Here’s the final tally of my hours:

Challenge Span: September 11th 9:30am – September 18th 9:30am

Sept 11th: 6 hours
Sept 12th: 6 hours
Sept 13th: 8 hours
Sept 14th: 6 hours
Sept 15th: 6 hours
Sept 16th: 6 hours
Sept 17th: 8 hours

Total: 46 hours

Here’s what I got done since my last update. It isn’t nearly as much as the other days because I spent 3-4 hours on that smilie post I put up yesterday!

  • Answered/read e-mails (I get around 75 non-spam ones daily)
  • Wrote blog entries (Again, that smilie post took me  3-4 hours) 
  • Managed advertisers (accounting, renewals, etc.)
  • Made good progress on my undisclosed project :)
  • Removed two inactive/dead blogs from my blogroll
  •  Inquired on purchasing some existing domains and websites from various owners
  • Bought PotForums.com (No, I don’t smoke pot, but I couldn’t pass up such a good deal. I’m not a sex maniac either but I’d grab Sex.com if it was cheap enough). For those curious, I got the domain and site for $150. Anyone want to buy it off me for $500? ;)
  • Added a favicon to GymnasticsForums.com
  • Made account on Moniker for PotForums.com transfer

So there you guys have it. What’s the first thing I did yesterday as my first day off after my challenge? That’s right, poker baby! Oh, how I missed you poker…

I don’t plan on doing another of these challenges for a while. Maybe in November or December sometime. When I do, I’ll up the prize money.

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Posted: September 20th, 2007 under My Websites  

14 Responses to “46-Hour Week Challenge Results”

  1. muller2 says:

    Tyler as I commented on before why don’t you up the challenge and do a ‘normal’ working month? 8hrs a day, for 4 weeks straight. That would be interesting to follow!

  2. lame. i wanted my $25. maybe you should track the hours on http://tickspot.com

  3. Do you use Moniker for all your domain names, or was this a special case? (I guess I could check the whois on your sites, but I am way too lazy).

    I like GoDaddy, and until they screw me somehow, I am probably going to stick with them.

  4. drew says:

    So Tyler, considering the larger-than-normal amount of stuff you got done the past week, was it worth it?

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      Well I knew it’d be ‘worth it’ before I started… that was kind of the point of doing it :) It’s always worth it to work hard, but these work weeks are a bit different because they really are difficult for my sanity ;)

      • drew says:

        I guess what I mean is, was it worth the super-dense 46 hours?

        From the sound of your updates – particularly day 6 – I got the impression that you probably weren’t operating at peak productivity for each day’s 6-8 hour block of time…not that there are many folks can maintain 100% productivity for 8 straight hours for 7 straight days. I sure as hell can’t, and I work a normal 9-5 job (which I’m ignoring as I write this ;-) ).

        I’d be interested to see the effect of doing something like a 10 day, 4hrs/day marathon. Commit to a solid, back-to-back 4 hours worth of work for 10 straight days. Your overall schedule would be less dense (though denser than your avg 2 hrs per day), but it’d be easier to avoid getting burned out.

  5. Aaron says:

    Congrats Tyler. Now you know what a full working week is like! ;)

  6. Gyutae Park says:

    Congratulations Tyler! You made it. Now I’d really like to see a challenge that goes along similarly with what I posted in the work productivity post.

  7. Congrats Tyler on Completing the Challenge

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