Most of you may know my story of being a reforming workaholic and the constant battle to keep it in check. That is why I am so passionate about helping others to accomplish more while working smarter with less effort and stress. This allows them more time for what really matters in their lives. While working and coaching with entrepreneurs, it’s often the long hours, overloaded To-Do list, and wearing too many hats that causes so much stress and frustration. I recently came across this article about research showing that working more than 40 hours per week is a waste of your time. I thought I would share it with you…

For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor. Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hardworking and serious about making your business work you are, right?

Wrong. According to a handful of studies, consistently clocking over 40 hours a week just makes you unproductive (and very, very tired).

That’s bad news for most workers, who typically put in at least 55 hours a week, recently wrote Sara Robinson at Salon. Robinson’s lengthy, but fascinating, article traces the origins of the idea of the 40-hour week and its downfall and is well worth a read in full. But the essential nugget of wisdom from her article is that working long hours for long periods is not only useless – it’s actually harmful.

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