Working Longer Hours Doesn’t Make You More Productive; Here’s How To Do More By Working Less

March 25, 2019

There are many in America who are working more than the standard 40-hour work week. For some, they feel defined by their work; being able to say that they work all the time has become a badge of honor.

While there’s a great amount of pride in working hard, it seems there is a limit to how long we’re able to be productive. A study from Stanford University found that productivity per hour decreases sharply after putting in more than 50 hours a week. After 55 hours, productivity levels are so low that putting in those extra hours are pointless. The study found little to no difference in the productivity of someone who works 70 hours versus 55 hours.

So if working longer hours isn't the way to get things done, what is? That brings us to the wise old saying, “Work smarter, not harder.”

Lifehack has your tips on how to stop working long hours...everything from planning to delegating and staying focused.

However, while there are many paths to success, Forbes takes a different approach. They say you need to make sure you have clear vision of what your goal is, because “working hard” simply isn’t enough. What is the point in keeping your head down, grinding away endlessly if you haven’t figured out what it’s all for?

Allow yourself the time to dream big so you can work toward that goal, instead of just working yourself into an early grave.