More Work Doesn’t Equal More ProductivityAccording to the American Dream Project, the average American works between 43 and 51 hours per week. That’s a lot of hours! One key question to consider as you plan your own workweek is, are you getting the best productivity from your work schedule? Does working extra hours actually make us more productive? The truth is, it doesn’t. In fact, the United States is ranked 5th in productivity behind countries like Norway, Belgium, and Ireland. Yet people in those countries work fewer hours than we do. So, how do we make our working hours more productive?
Work Time Versus Productive TimeHere are some interesting facts to consider:
- The average person is only productive 5 hours a day, yet our average workday is 8 hours, or more!
- Fewer people take breaks and vacations than ever before, which means people spend more time working than in past decades.
- Working more means feeling more exhausted, which also decreases productivity.