I Worked 14 Hours a Day like Jordan B. Peterson for One Week, Here’s How It Went
Is working for 14 hours per day like Jordan B. Peterson a good idea?
Jordan B. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, he is also a clinical psychologist, author and public speaker. I first came into contact with Peterson’s work when I watched a video about his crazy work routine. I did a little research about him and discovered that aside from being very opinionated, he is extremely hard working and he has been working 14 hours per day since 1985. I decided to give it a try, as I am currently researching the power of hard work and looking into the work routines of the rich and successful.
A couple of months ago, I decided to give this 14 hour day thing a try. Here is how it went:
First, here is a quote from Jordan B. Peterson.
“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
Don’t worry! I don’t plan on giving you a rundown of every single day of the challenge. I just want to provide you with a brief outline.
Jordan starts work at 8 am and finishes work at 10 pm, he does this seven days a week. He says that he works hard and goes all in for those 14 hours. This is how my first day went.
-Woke up at 4 am to pray
-Went back to bed and woke up at 7:30 am to prepare for work
-Started work at 8 am with a hot cocoa drink to get me going
-By 10 am I stopped to have breakfast and do some exercise
-By 11 am I was back at the laptop pounding away at work
Note: I used the Pomodoro method throughout the whole day, working for 25-minute sprints and taking five-minute breaks. After four Pomodoro sets, I took a 15-minute break. My breaks consisted of walking around my back yard, reading a totally unrelated book or just staring into space for a while.
-I stopped for lunch at 2 pm and went for a brief walk to get my energy up
-I also made sure I drank at least three to four litres of water per day. I have to admit though, I didn’t manage to drink enough water on the first day.
-By 3 pm I sat back down to work
- I worked until 6 pm and had dinner
-Took a shower and worked from 7:30 pm until 10 pm.
Note: I am Muslim therefore, I had to stop throughout the day to carry out my obligatory prayers.
By the end of day one, I felt tired but not exhausted, I was ready to sleep by 10 pm. I also felt proud of the work that I had completed.
How Much Work Did I Do on My First Day?
My to-do list looked like this:
-Three 500 word articles to write for a client
-Two articles to edit and submit for Medium
-Two blog posts to update
-Respond to emails
-Read some Medium articles
-Content plan to write for the next two weeks (I write out article titles and ideas in advance, I also create social media posts in advance)
I managed to finish all my tasks for the day, I actually had time to spare and ended up reading before I went to bed. I actually reduced my task list for this day because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many things to complete.
How Did I Feel By Day Seven?
By the end of the week, I was definitely fed up with working 14 hours per day. However, I have to admit, I got more done in seven days than I would normally get done in a month. One day, I wrote 20,000 words. On another day, I managed to write a whopping 25,000 words in a day! I couldn’t believe it! I could literally finish writing an entire book in four days.
Would I Continue Working 14 Hours Per Day?
Jordan B Peterson’s routine is not for me. Why? I am done by the time it gets to 7 pm. I like to spend time with my son before he goes to bed and usually by 4 pm, my working day is over. Sometimes, when I have a mountain of work to complete, I work from 9 pm to 11 pm once my son has gone to bed. However, I don’t do this often. My routine is not static, some days, I wake up and work from 5 am until 12 pm and I am done for the day. On some days, I work from 9 am to 4 pm. These days, I put in about seven hours per day.
Gary Vee says you should be working 18 hours per day if you want to “crush it.” I think I might challenge myself and try that next.
How Did 14 Hour Days Benefit Me?
I actually felt less anxious because I knew I had lots of time to get my work done. Seeing my tasks diminish throughout the week made me feel quite good. I get extremely anxious when I have too many things to do and I feel like I don’t have enough time to complete them. The 14 hour days really helped me to get into the zone. Beast mode! Full on, work and hustle mode.
I don’t think I can work 14 hours per day for seven days a week, every single week. I think I might add one 14 hour day to my weekly schedule, but seven full days, no way!
Lots Of Work Done
I am all about volume, I like to complete massive amounts of work but I don’t like to work for really long hours anymore. At one point, I worked 12 hours per day, every day and I did that for three years, I was burned out by the end of it.
The 14 hour days helped me to get more done. I mean, 14 whole hours to bang out work, that’s a lot of time. The thing is, it’s not really possible to work with a full-on focus for 14 hours. That’s why I complete the difficult tasks first and work on the less taxing work during the latter part of the day. By the end of the day, I am writing emails, filling out my content calendar and writing out article ideas.
By 10 pm, I am ready to go to bed, I sleep throughout the night and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. When I finish work early, I end up struggling to sleep at night unless I take a long walk before bed.
There are pros and cons to working the Jordan B. Peterson way, I am not going to completely knock it because I got a whole lot of work done during the seven-day challenge. However, working 14 hour days every single day of the week is not sustainable for me. I do work on Sundays sometimes when I have a lot to finish but I do like to have at least one day off to refuel for the upcoming week.
In the future, I plan to do one 14 hour day and then stick to my usual routine of working seven hours per day Monday to Saturday.
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