Either way, it adds up: Americans on average spend 47 hours a week at work, more than any other industrialized country. Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. Four in 10 Americans said they work more than 50 hours every week, with two in 10 working more than 60 hours.
Yet the research is clear: Long hours — working in the morning, evenings and weekends — is not only hard health-wise on the person doing all that extra work. It also doesn’t pay off to the degree that workers and their organizations expect. John Pencavel of Stanford University is one of many researchers who have found that output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week — even more sharply after 55 hours. Other studies show workweeks of 50 or more hours can lead to a variety of health issues. With that in mind, here are some goals you may want to consider:
Don’t work more than 10 hours each day. Several studies show that more than 10 hours of work a day dramatically increases your risk of detrimental health effects, such as cardiovascular and other health issues. One study concluded that working 10-plus hours each day results in a 60 percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Carve out time to relax, each and every day. When you’re busy, it’s hard. But time to yourself doing something you enjoy is important. MojiLife makes it easy with incredible fragrances like the Bora Bora – Take Me Away Fragrance Pod. Tropical groves delight the senses with the scent of coconut palms and pandanus trees, in the midst of meandering channels of turquoise lagoons and tangerine sunsets. Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?
Studies show that our sense of smell is the most direct of all of our senses and can instantly take us to places we may have never even traveled. Relax and let the MojiLife “Take Me Away” collection bring the most exotic destinations directly to you. Fill your space with fragrances that can help you relax and recharge.
Schedule times to unplug from work. That means no work-related phone calls or email for specified times throughout the week. Consider making at least part of your weekend a time you don’t do any work. The key is to set specific times and stick with them — even if it’s only an hour at a time.
Take vacations. Americans take on average only 16 days of vacation each year, down from 20 days a year. More than half of all Americans do not take all of their vacation time each year. Studies show that vacation time — even if spent at home — helps us recharge and boosts our productivity.