The Extra One Percent

It’s cliche but true: every journey is completed one step at a time. Working on anything (whether it’s a job, skill, hobby, project, etc.) is something we consciously put our effort into. In the interest of making the most of our lives, I present this chart.

 

Total Hours Worked In A Year
(Hours Worked In A Day vs. Days Worked In A Year)
365 340 315 290 265 240 215 190 165 140 115 90 65 40 15
24 8760 8160 7560 6960 6360 5760 5160 4560 3960 3360 2760 2160 1560 960 360
22 8030 7480 6930 6380 5830 5280 4730 4180 3630 3080 2530 1980 1430 880 330
20 7300 6800 6300 5800 5300 4800 4300 3800 3300 2800 2300 1800 1300 800 300
18 6570 6120 5670 5220 4770 4320 3870 3420 2970 2520 2070 1620 1170 720 270
16 5840 5440 5040 4640 4240 3840 3440 3040 2640 2240 1840 1440 1040 640 240
14 5110 4760 4410 4060 3710 3360 3010 2660 2310 1960 1610 1260 910 560 210
12 4380 4080 3780 3480 3180 2880 2580 2280 1980 1680 1380 1080 780 480 180
10 3650 3400 3150 2900 2650 2400 2150 1900 1650 1400 1150 900 650 400 150
8 2920 2720 2520 2320 2120 1920 1720 1520 1320 1120 920 720 520 320 120
6 2190 2040 1890 1740 1590 1440 1290 1140 990 840 690 540 390 240 90
4 1460 1360 1260 1160 1060 960 860 760 660 560 460 360 260 160 60
2 730 680 630 580 530 480 430 380 330 280 230 180 130 80 30

Considering that humans need time to sleep, eat, and go about other things in their daily lives, the red, pink, and purple zones in the table above aren’t really in the realm of possibility. When we consider things like burning out and how productivity and learning ability decrease over longer spans of working, the red, pink, and purple zones seem to securely fall into the realm of impossible. Now, if you work 13.7 hours a day, 365 days a year, you can achieve 5000 hours in one year. That seems to be the upper bound of what is possible. I’m not saying everyone should work as much as possible, just that if you have a goal you want to achieve, imagine how much more you could get done over the course of a year or the course of your lifetimes if you even put in 1% more time.

Let’s assume an average life expectancy of about 70 years. Think about that. You have around 70 years to get done all the things you want to get done. Although, the first many years of human life are spent merely learning how to function in this world (so it’s closer actually to 50 years that you have to get things done). If we convert 70 years to months, we get 840 moths. I don’t know why, but that just doesn’t seem like a lot to me. If we convert it to days, we get around 26,000 days. Finally, if we convert it into hours, we get about 600,000 hours in a lifetime. Let’s assume you’re awake for 16 hours each day. That leaves you with around 400,000 hours to get things done in your life.

Considering this, each extra 1% of your waking time that you spend working gives you an extra 4000 hours (over the course of your life). Imagine how much you could get done with 4000 hours. I think that if a person has a goal, they should put as much effort toward it as possible. Over the course of the year, each extra 1% (of your waking time) gives you an extra 66 hours. If you put in even 5%, 10% or 15% more time, the numbers quickly add up.

Think about what you want to do in you life. Think about how much more you could get done toward that goal if you worked just a little bit harder.

Sidetracked Adventures

I was looking into possibly joining another startup (although I haven’t really looked into any), just because it’d be nice to maybe get more experience and have some income, but mostly because it’s frustrating to not be working on any products or doing any experiments right now. Also, I’m by myself, so it makes it that much more difficult. However, I keep reminding myself that I’ve got to go straight toward mind uploading or I might never get around to it. This is my goal. I’ve got to put as much effort toward it as I can.

Week 6 Times

Target Schedule Week 6 Times (rounded to nearest hour)
Lifetimes Infinity 70 hours 26 hours
Sleeping 62 hours 55 hours
Other 34 hours 84 hours
Exercising 2 hours 3 hours

I don’t really have any comments on the times from last week. Even when my brain is foggy and I can’t work on my main projects, I should be finding ways to work toward my goals.

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