Impact of Overtime on Productivity

There is an interesting article and discussion over at TheServerSide.com about Impact of Overtime on Productivity, which of course resulted in the comment that programming is a work of the mind and mindworkers cannot really be focused and productive for more than about 6 hours a day. The rest of the working hours are spent chatting at the coffee machine and checking mail.

I’ve started to believe that 6 hours is what you get out of a good day and usually you get a lot less. So what you really need to focus on is trying to get something productive out of those hours and not spend them all in meetings.