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Your longest work week?

Having a busy year again. Just finished another brutal week of 76 hours in a five day week. For those that do not know I am an Electrician and run the company with my friend and business partner. This is billed hours and does not count paper work and proposals. My longest week is 87 which included 2 36 hour shifts. Deadlines are a bitch. Am I alone, or do other businesses have similar experiences?

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105 hours in a 6 day week. Had three people out with a really bad stomach flu.

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I once had to work almost 31 hours in a week. fucking brutal!
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I work an hour maybe two a day for three to four days a week; it's too much stress!
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I'm in IT. Weeks when we do major upgrades are painful. The last one we had was 100 hours over 6 days (90 for some of the guys).

We had an issue way, way back with one of our critical Unix systems (that wasn't being administered well at all). That was 50 hours straight at one clip, and over 100 hours in total. After about the 36th hour you realize you're completely useless, but someone has to be on the phone with support. At the 48th hour, the tank is totally empty. I was a little nervous driving home.

50+ hour weeks aren't that unusual at all, but they are tough. When someone says "Man, I'm working 60 hour (or 80 hour) weeks!", I kind of roll my eyes. It's very, very difficult and draining to do 5 straight 12-hour days. That's not something one brags about if they've actually done it.

I had a guy tell me once "I worked 137 hours last week." I almost said "It was nice knowing you". 7 days of 20 hours working will *kill you dead*.

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I got to take three 2 hour naps under my desk one week last year. Besides that, i never saw the outside of my office for 6 days... I billed out around 108 hours for the week, most of which at expert services rate, but it was not something I will ever do again.
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Whats, a work week? Job+4kids=never ends.

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
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If you really like what you do is it work? That being said is anything really enjoyable once the thrill is gone?
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If you replace worry with work you will get more done.
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