The always-insightful and often-controversial, Financial Samurai, posted an interesting piece the other day where he asked: are there were people that only worked 40 hours a week? The post led to a thought-provoking debate surrounding hours worked in a week, life goals, and getting ahead in life.
The key gem from this piece for me is:
If you are complaining about life and why you don’t have enough money and only work 40 hours a week, you need to get your head checked.
What do I think about working 40 hours a week?
I think that it all depends on your goals. When I started another blog on the idea of passive income, my blogging peers feared that I would focus on lifestyle design or scammy ways to attempt to earn money when you sleep. Neither were the case. I just wanted to explore different ways of earning an income and how it compares to the lifestyle involved.
The amount of work that you put in during any given week should totally depend on your goals. Not everyone wants to move up in the ranks in their company or retire by 45. Some people would prefer to hang out at the gym for a few hours, go out with friends, or just take it easy. It’s not for me but it’s cool if you’re one of these people.
I personally worked 40 hours a week while in college full-time. You could say that it’s a poor choice but the reality is that more free time doesn’t equal more work done. The stress of working all of the time really kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the time with my girlfriend more, I learned how to spend less time at the gym while still getting a good pump, and I was forced to study whenever I could find free time. A little added bonus was that I could afford to go away for Spring Break every year. I’ll tell you guys about that when you’re older.
When is working 40 hours or less a week cool?
- When you have other other goals.
- When you have a close family relationship.
- When you’re content with your situation.
When is working 40 hours or more needed?
- When you’re working in a competitive field.
- When you want to get ahead.
- When you’re young and full of energy.
- When you waste too much time on useless stuff.
I had a lot of fun thinking about the idea of amount of time spent on work in a week. I would love to hear what everyone else has to say.
Readers– What do you think? Is working 40 hours a week simply not enough? Do you prefer to spend more time on other activities that aren’t considered work? I would love to hear both sides.