When I saw a study that said people over 40 should only work 3 days a week, I needed to know more. This is what I learned.
I don’t know how you feel, but I’m actually happy to be over forty. I happen to think there are a lot of great things about being over forty.
By the time you hit the big 4-0, you know who you are, what you want, and more importantly, who you are not and exactly what you don’t want in life.
You’re definitely smarter, that’s for sure.
That’s why I wasn’t completely shocked by this 2016 study. As it turns out, they found that people our age do much, much better at our jobs when we work 25 hours or less.
As of right now, this is my favorite study ever. I might have it printed and framed.
Why Science Says You Should Only Work 3 Days a Week
Some smart people in Australia from The University of Melbourne took a look at what happens to the cognition of people over 40 who are working full time.
What they found was that when you’re older than 40, working more than 25 hours a week means you may start to show some cognitive decline.
Before you freak out at the words “cognitive decline,” keep reading! It’s definitely not doom and gloom!
These researchers are saying that up to around 25 hours a week at our job, we’re totally on point.
When we work more than that 25 hours, however, we start to slow down a bit. We might not do our best work. Our productivity probably isn’t as great.
Look, I could have saved these folks a whole lot of money and research time because I knew that was true. Don’t you notice that when you work too much you are actually less productive and slower than usual?
Who came up with this whole 40 hour work week anyway?
I can get more done if I work 3 days a week than some people half my age can get done in 8 days a week! Is that how you feel?
I think it’s because after a certain age you can cut right through the nonsense, the clutter, the noise, and the fluff and get to the heart of whatever needs to be done.
So how do you find a way to only work 3 days a week?
Well, that’s the part the study didn’t explore. Go figure.
If you love your 40 hour a week job, YAY YOU! You’re so blessed to go to work somewhere that makes you feel happy and fulfilled.
If you’d like to work 3 days a week or less, and you have a job that would allow for part-time hours or job sharing, visit with your boss about it. Talk about how productive you are, and how you can do your job as brilliantly as ever while working fewer hours.
If you don’t have a job like that but you want one, I recommend trying FlexJobs.
It’s a well-known, reputable website that specializes in flexible and part-time jobs. It is a paid service, but it’s super inexpensive and you can cancel any time.
It’s far better than trying to look for these kinds of jobs on your own because Flexjobs eliminates the scams artists.
Are you over 40?
What do you think about this study? Do you find it to be true in your life? What kind of job do you have? I’d love to hear more.