Be More Productive, Work Less


If you believe the only way to be more productive is to work longer, you are sorely mistaken. A recent study led by John Pencavel at the Stanford Institute shows that there’s a point of diminishing returns to working long hours.

According to the study, after you’ve hit 50 hours of work per week, working longer doesn’t yield any productive results. In fact, the study showed that people who work for 70 hours get the same amount of work done as people who work for 55 hours.

Relaxation and rejuvenation is an important aspect of productivity. If you don’t find time for rest and fun, you’ll degrade your performance. Here are some ways to make some time for non-work-related activities that will help you maintain your productivity.

1.       Disconnect from work once you’re out of the office.

2.       Spread your chores out over the week.

3.       Make time for reflection.

4.       Exercise.

5.       Work on a hobby.

6.       Spend some time with family and friends.

7.       Go on an adventure.

8.       Stick to a regular sleep schedule.

9.       Spend some time by yourself each morning.

10.   Plan for the week ahead on weekends.

Productivity can be tough to achieve if you don’t make time for yourself. If the stress of your job or running your business is getting to you, consider working less, not more. Spend time doing the aforementioned things instead, so that you can return to work renewed and ready.


This week, focus on a less stressful week to help generate more productivity by promising yourself:

  • I will relax more.
  • I will not stress-out and become anxious. When I find myself slipping
    into negative attitudes I will slow down and focus on my mission and
    purpose in life. I will then put things into perspective and smile.
  • I will spend at least 30 minutes alone this week in a quiet and relaxing
    place. I will reflect on the positive aspects in my life, and be
    grateful for them.
  • I realize my thoughts are powerful and must remain positive.



John Chappelear
John is an award-winning author, consultant and speaker, with more than 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is recognized internationally as an expert in individual and organizational wellness. His book, The Daily Six, has helped individuals and organizations across the world become more positive and productive. He is the founder of Changing the Focus, LLC which creates and delivers programs that builds positive, powerful, and balanced individuals, and more productive, creative, and profitable organizations.