Work less be happier. If you can reorient your life so you avoid the long hours, excess work, overtime hours and very minimal time off that many of you continue to do, you will be happier.
You have to. Working a lot conflicts with a good life.
You should keep changing your job or career or vocation until you are in one you love. It's stupid to keep working at something you hate.
No one can have a good life if you dread going to work each day, getting there to only count the seconds until you leave and then not enjoying the time you do have off.
It's a life of misery.
But you can love your job only working the bare minimum of time to provide you a decent life.
The 40 hour work week is the common number in the United States.
I think it's a bit much and is just a relic number from the giant factory days.
The factories used to have two 12 hour shifts. As the workers evolved or woke up to the idea that working that long, every day did not improve the quality of their lives....or probably determined that they would enjoy life more if they had a bit more free time, they rebelled and demanded a shorter day.
The factory owners simple divided 24 by 3 instead of 2, for 3 shifts a day instead of 2 and now we all follow an 8 hour day.
But is that even necessary anymore?
I work 9 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, and 4 hours Friday.
Many people have all kinds of mixed hours throughout the week. The only common number is at least 40 hours a week.
That is still a holdover from the old days.
I Think That Will Change in the Future
Eventually more people will realize that a shorter work day will improve the quality of their lives and a shorter work week will become the reality.
It has to.
We are not stupid, technology and productivity improvements help us get more work done in less time. Why shouldn't we enjoy that?
At this time for most jobs you are stuck with the 40 hour work week. So at least use that as a baseline maximum.
Some jobs are set up that you have to work many more hours than 40.
Those are bad jobs to begin with.
Some jobs have very little paid holidays, vacations, personal days, flexible hours or sick leave.
Bad jobs too.
The talking heads will say how you need to love your job and you will never work a day in your life.
Love it sure, but it is still work and it takes up most of your day.
I love what I do now, but it is work. It is not easy. It is work, not play.
I need my time off to have any type of life. There are chores to do, errands to run, entertainment to enjoy, exercise to do, meals to prepare and sleep to recharge.
All of those good things are necessary too.
If you have the opportunity, get off early on Friday, every Friday. Just an occasional half day will not cut it. It is the every Friday afternoon that makes for a great life.
I am a self-taught efficiency expert and my favorite idea is to keep things short. I want all aspects of my life to be easier. Some people think that the longer something is the better it is.
Not me. I am always looking for a way to condense.
These things are all better short
Can you honestly say that any of those items are better when they are longer?