Last week, I ran into a (younger, college-age) co-worker I hadn’t seen in a while. Here’s an approximate transcript of the conversation we had.

MATTHIAS: So I don’t think I’ve seen you in about… a month? What have you been up to in that time?

SOPHIA: Well. Mostly working 18-hour days on a web development project.

MATTHIAS: That is serious work. I don’t think I’ve ever done any single thing for 18 consecutive hours.

We both consider this.

MATTHIAS: Except be awake. I have definitely been awake for 18 straight hours. Probably on more than one occasion.

SOPHIA: That is a great start. You can’t do anything for 18 hours unless you’re awake for it.