Working 60 Hours Per Week? Try Out These 21 Schedules

working 60 hours a week

Are you working 60 hours per week and looking for a new way to structure it?

I wrote this article for people who are in this situation:

  • The amount of hours you work week each is right for you, or required…
  • But the pattern (when the 60 hours fall) is becoming a grind
  • So you’re looking for alternative 60-hour schedules to consider

I asked our list of contributors to share their weekly schedules if they work about 60 hours per week but 2) in a unique format. I’ve highlighted the most useful 60-hour schedules below.

This is part of our series highlighting unique work schedules. Have a look:

 

The 60-Hour Work Week: 21 Real Schedules To Try

‘Always ready’

65 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure: 8:30AM to 9:30-11pm (almost) daily with small breaks in between

“This work schedule slowly grew over time. I started as a freelancer hit hard during COVID by a lack of work, so I took on a full-time job in PR when it became available. At the same time, I continued to grow my freelancing business and side hustle project I launched during the pandemic.”

 

– Emily Michelle Fata of Emily Michelle Fata

’11-hour days’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Wake up at 6, go to the gym
  • Start work by 9
  • Work until 8
  • Sleep at 930, repeat.

On Saturday, I’ll try to work most of the morning and early afternoon. In terms of structure, I try to avoid meetings in the morning and save those for the second half of the day.

“I’m a cofounder of the business so I sort of just fell into it in the pursuit of growth. It’s a service business so time spent correlates with money quite directly early on. The goal was to quickly build the business big enough such that we could hire people and then we could go back to normal working hours. We’re getting there, and have hired a ton, but still haven’t managed to get our hours down.”

 

– Abir Syed of UpCounting

‘The six pack’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure: I work ten hours per day, six days a week and have Sunday off.

“Dogs are my life, and as my business is all about dogs, my business has gradually become my life. I would like to work less, but it’s a constant struggle. I’ve somehow managed to cap my working week at sixty hours. If it wasn’t for my fiancée reining me in, I’d probably work a seventy-hour week or more.”

 

– Jacquelyn Kennedy of PetDT

‘9 x 19’

54 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Weekdays: 9:00 AM -7:00 PM five days per week
  • Weekend nights: I occasionally with some late nights on the weekends
  • Saturdays: 2-4 hours of work

“I had to adapt my work schedule in this way once I took on the dual management role a year ago. This way, I’m able to fulfill tasks for both roles and provide support to my teams during my workdays. It gets pretty hectic sometimes, but I’ve made it work so far and made necessary adjustments whenever my workday is jam-packed, especially between balancing my work responsibilities and my personal responsibilities with my husband and children.”

 

– Kriti Mawji of Belledorm

‘Full weekdays, half-day weekends’

65 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure:

  • Weekdays: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Weeknights: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Weekends: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

“To be successful as an entrepreneur and compete with larger companies, you have to work longer and harder to be profitable.”

 

– Robert Bentz of Purplegator

‘Split weekdays’

55 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Weekdays: 8:00 – 4:00 PM most days
  • Weeknights: One hour of work
  • Weekends: Three hours per day

“I maximize productivity during the hours when my three boys are at school or with friends. I do my best to be available to my family whenever I am not working. As an entrepreneur, the workday really never ends.”

 

– Gabrielle Hartley of Better Apart

‘7 x 9’

63 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure: Nine-hour days, seven days per week

 

“Because my business partner and I are committed to growing our company, we treat it as another client. We currently have five clients, with our agency being our sixth. I commit to working a solid nine-hour day seven days a week, which accumulates to 63 hours in a week. I take those 63 hours and divide them among six clients, giving me 10.5 hours per week per client.”

 

– Sal Gonzalez of GasPack Media

‘5 x 12’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure: It’s a revolving schedule. Every other week I work twelve hours days on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Due to short staffing overtime comes to approximately 20 additional hours a week.

 

“I work this schedule to prepare my wife and myself for the future. I am currently saving up enough money to start a business in real estate. The hours are physically and mentally draining, but the pros outweigh the cons.”

 

– Luke A Smith of Perry Police Department

‘6-10 work schedule’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure: I get the majority of my work done at night after everyone else has gone to bed, typically from about 11:00 pm until 3:00 am (relatively uninterrupted)

 

“I’m one of the small group of ‘hypo sleepers’ (4-5 hours a night), I generally don’t get stressed, and I’ve been living an entrepreneurial life without structure pretty much for as long as I can remember.”

 

– Martin Luenendonk of FounderJar

‘6-10 work schedule’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

 

Structure: I work Sunday through Friday. I always take Saturday off for both religious reasons (Shabbat) as I’m an observant Jewish and also believe one day off is absolutely necessary to unwind and spend time with my family.

 

“I used to work seven days per week, over 10 hours per day for several years until I started feeling burnt out. One of the best decisions of my life was to start observing Shabbos and spending the day with my family and loved ones. I turn my phone off for 24 hours and dedicate the time to my wife, my family, friends, and my community. The new work schedule has helped me be more efficient, energized, and productive during the six days I work.”

 

– Arash Fayz of LA Tutors 123

’11 on weekdays, 8 on Saturday’

63 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Weekdays: 11 hours
  • Saturdays: 8 hours
  • Sunday night: Prep for the week

“With this schedule, I’m able to make sure I’m not carrying any undone tasks over to a new week. This helps me stay on track of my work duties, and eliminates any last-minute rushing. Moreover, I find that I have more control over my schedule when it’s structured this way.”

 

– Sam Speller of Kenko Matcha

’11, 10, 8′

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM -7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM -5:00 PM
  • Weekends: I work a total of eight hours

“The challenge for me is balancing a full-time job with a full-time business I run. On a typical day, it’s a lot of jumping back and forth between my job and my business or even doing work for my business while in a meeting for my job that doesn’t require my immediate attention. This way I have been able to fit closer to 80 hours into 60 hours of ‘work.’ Luckily, my job is fairly independent and async, so I’ve learned to block off time on my schedule for each requirement so that I don’t spread myself too thin. I block off certain time periods on my job’s calendar so that I can use those times on my Calendly for sales calls for my business.”

 

– Nick Malinowski of OTW Shipping

‘Full-time + freelance’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Structure:

  • Weekdays (full-time job): 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM for full time work
  • Weekdays (freelance): 8:00 PM -9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 PM

“I find this work schedule allows me to remain productive over the longer-term. There is diversity in projects which keeps me stimulated. In addition, there is adequate time off over the weekends to recharge.”

 

– Alex Dask of Beam

‘Sunday prep’

57 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

 

Structure:

  • Sunday: Seven hours
  • Weekdays: 10 hours

I normally start my work week on Sunday. On this day, I focus on completing as many low pressure tasks as possible so that I have fewer distractions over the next five days. I schedule the heavy duty, high-priority tasks for Monday to Friday, including top level stakeholder meetings.

“This schedule allows me to have Saturdays off, which I use to help my wife prep for our weekly meals. It’s also easier to catch up with friends and family on Saturday than on Sunday, helping me socialize with my loved ones when they are the least busiest.”

 

– Farnam Elyasof of Flex Suits

‘6-10 work schedule’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Sunday: Plan out work for the next week
  • Early mornings: I schedule my most demanding tasks
  • Afternoons: Small tasks with less complexity

“My schedule came to be this way through trial and error as an entrepreneur. I owe a lot to the Eisenhower Matrix. I was able to distinguish which tasks were truly important and which ones to delegate. People always say that you need to work to provide for your family. But I believe that you need to work smart to have time for your family. It’s not all about the money. More often than not, it’s the quality time you provide to your family that makes living a worthwhile adventure!”

 

– Jeremy Clifford of Router CTRL

‘3-5-7’

65 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Structure:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Meetings
  • Wednesday – Friday: Leading my team, forging partnerships, and doing the technical aspects of marketing
  • Saturday: Lighter work, reflection, and planning the next week

“I time block in two large sessions. It kind of just happened as our needs evolved faster than our ability to put the right people in place. Over time, I’ve gotten used to it. The funny thing is that it doesn’t feel much different than a typical 40-hour week. I don’t commute so that saves just under two hours a day as well.”

 

– Daniel Ndukwu of UsefulPDF

‘Six-day flex’

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Structure: I start early in the morning usually and then take a longer midday break. I will sometimes work up to 7 in the evening. I also do work on Saturdays and some Sundays if there’s an event.

 

“I found that midday is often when I want to take a longer break and get out, run some errands, shop and meet people for lunch. I find I am very productive, though, as the midday break helps to work until later in the evening.”

 

– Dan Troha of Draftsim

‘5-12s with 1-5’

65 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Structure:

  • Weekdays: 10-12 hours
  • Saturday morning: 3-5 hours

“I like to put the bulk of my work during the week so I can enjoy the weekends with my wife and family. However, I do know that I’ll receive messages and need to put out a few fires on the weekend, hence why I open up Saturday morning for a little bit of work. Typically Sundays are a complete rest day and I only pop in to work on stuff that interests me. I like working.”

 

– Weston Kolste of Road Trip Daily

’12 by 5′

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Structure: Major tasks are scheduled once or twice per day, with minor tasks in between. It’s hard to do all the primary tasks together. That’s why I schedule the difficult ones in the morning, followed by easy ones. Then I tackle another difficult one in the afternoon.

 

“I get to breathe in between significant workloads by scheduling the difficult ones apart. I get to rejuvenate and prepare for the next one. Scheduling complex tasks throughout the work week has made me more productive. It’s also wise to identify the time you work best on challenging projects. Identify when you feel productive and take on the heaviest loads at that time.”

 

– Beth Sparrow of The VIP Roll

’12-hour weekday schedule ‘

60 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

 

Structure:

  • 6:00 AM: Wake up, then
  • 8:00 – 10:00: Respond to emails and messages on our virtual tools
  • 10:00 – 10:30: Break
  • 10:30 – 1:30 PM: Meetings
  • 1:30 – 2:30: Lunch break
  • 2.30-4:00: Work with my team
  • 4:00 – 6:00: Research and brainstorm for new ideas and strategies
  • 6:00 – 8:00: Smaller tasks

“I realized the importance of having a weekend and taking a break. It was either work 12 hours a day on weekdays and get the weekend off, or end up working everyday and not having time to spend with my family and friends. When you’re a founder it is difficult to minimize the amount of work and effort you put into your company, but scheduling to take breaks and time off is absolutely necessary.”

 

– Mike Nemeroff of Rush Order Tees

‘Compressed work week ‘

56 hours per week over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Structure:

  • Monday – Thursday: 14 hours per day

“I operate on a compressed work schedule, where I put in 56 hours in 4 days. This allows me to have a three-day weekend, giving me plenty of time to pursue my other interests. Hence, I work from Monday to Thursday, 14 hours each, so that I can have Friday to Sunday off. With a three-day weekend, I get to rest completely, spend quality time with my family, and pursue my other hobbies comprehensively.”

 

– Patrick Crane of Love Sew

Where to find alternative schedule jobs

If your current job doesn’t allow for the flexibility you’d like, remember: we’re in a job applicant’s market! If you’d like to see what’s out there for flex-schedule positions and companies, take a look at Flexjobs. You’ll find dedicated filters to “flexible” and “alternative” schedules.

Search for jobs on Flexjobs.

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