This is a guest post by Tiffany McAdams, a freelance writer and graphic designer for InvestmentZen.
It should seem obvious that exhaustion destroys our productivity, but we still have a chronic problem with overworking ourselves.
Of course, knowing about the problem doesn’t always make the solution straightforward. As always, we have too many things to do, and not enough time to do them. We schedule every second of our workdays, and then do the same to our weekends.
Thanks to the wonders of science, we now have available a growing mountain of evidence to support a seemingly crazy idea.
Our tendency to neglect ourselves in favor of maximum productivity actually decreases our productivity, rather than increases it.
We know that a tired mind quickly becomes an unfocused mind. Yet we still try to push through the fatigue and produce what should be our best work.
Even assuming you only tend to work the 40-hour standard week, you’re pushing the hours too hard, according to science.
The goal is to get more done, and to do it to the best of our ability, right? So why do we fall into the trap of pushing ourselves to the breaking point?
We’ve been mistakenly taught all our lives that more hours means more work finished. Like any investing, more in doesn’t necessarily mean more out. That’s why we need to play it smart.
Here’s where science comes in to save the day, literally.
Shaving one full day off your workweek can increase your focus and productivity so much that you’ll produce even more than you did before.
As if that’s not amazing enough, you’ll wind up with extra of that priceless commodity called time.
Think you can’t afford to miss a whole day of work every week? Rethink your budget and ask yourself whether you can afford not to.
More done in less time, remember?
Check out the infographic below, and see what you’re costing yourself!
What’s your take on the 3-day weekend?