Could Working Less Make Our Lives Better?

Could Working Less Make Our Lives Better?Have you ever wondered where the 40-hour workweek came from?  Maybe you paid more attention in history class than me but I had to look it up.  A Google search taught me that it was the result of a protest against unfair working conditions during the industrial revolution.  While learning this made me appreciate our current working conditions a little bit more, it also made me think that a 100-year-old standard is probably in need of an update.  Here’s a handful of reasons why I think so:

1. We have access to technology that makes everything we do exceptionally efficient.  Why not take advantage of the time it saves us instead of always doing more?

2. We are working longer hours that our ancestors did.  Hunter-gatherers spent time working and playing in inverse proportion to what we do now (our workweek was their weekend).  Why are we working so much harder to survive than they did?

3. We are leading unhealthy lives that cause us to develop heart-disease, depression, stress and anxiety.  Isn’t rest supposed to be the best medicine?

4. We are tearing the world apart by rushing around every day wheeling, dealing, and consuming.  What kind of positive change could we create if we worked and consumed just a little bit less than we do now?

5. We are not going to live forever.  In fact, some of us might live significantly less than that.  What if we spent less time working to pay the bills and more time celebrating the beauty of living?

I understand that working less won’t be possible for everyone right away but it’s something we could all aspire to.  Who knows, maybe we’re all just a few small changes away from being a little bit happier, a little bit more peaceful, a little bit easier on the planet.

What about you?  Would working less make a difference in your life?  Let me know what you think in the comments!

Take care,

Danielle

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10 thoughts on “Could Working Less Make Our Lives Better?

  1. Greg

    Working less is always the goal :) I define “working” as something that I HAVE to do in order to make money. Daily chores and things like that don’t really count for me but I’m sure others define “work” differently. My wife ad I are fortunate enough to have a small business and often spend time over the normal 40 hrs per week. Sometimes these hours count in my definition of work, but sometimes the projects we work on are really fun! As for what kind of a difference would working less make in my life…I’m sure I would fill the time with the “want to” instead of the “have to”. Thanks for the post!

    1. Danielle Post author

      It’s so neat to hear from another husband & wife team! People think we’re crazy because of the amount of time we spend together, but I really like it. In terms of work – it doesn’t feel that hard when you’re working on your own projects! Sometimes it’s harder too because you have to motivate yourself instead of having someone do that for you!

    1. Danielle Post author

      Thanks, Nina! It’s nice to be able to work less when the kids are little so you get to see them grow up!!!

  2. Tom

    Hi guys just started reading your site as of yesterday and i love it so far! I found it by searching on you tube about van life and yours showed up eventually.I love the minimalism life style of having only what you need or love and use. I also would like to travel using a van going across Canada during summer vacations and I am experiencing a life change as Im recently separated but have a 18 year old son and 13 year old daughter and Iam considering my my options about what I will do for a place to live as renting a apartment or buying a small house. I am 49 years old now and have worked at a job for 27 years that Ive never enjoyed or felt a passion for and i have 5 years left if I want to retire and believe me I will be and yes all its done is made me unhealthy mentally and stressed and unhappy in the long run so i really enjoy your bravery and what your doing and thank you for the site letting the rest of us know were not alone in our thoughts! Tom M. Niagara Falls Ont

    1. Danielle Post author

      Thank you for checking out our blog and YouTube videos, Tom. It sounds like you’re going through a pretty big life transition right now but you’re definitely on the right path if you’re looking to make changes that will make you happier, healthier and less stressed :) Let us know if you decide to try van life! Maybe we’ll cross paths on the trans-Canada highway one day?! Take care – we’re sending positive vibes your way :)

  3. Kurt

    I resigned from my IT job almost 4 years ago. I have been looking for another job for over 2 years in another career field that I was in before entering IT, but I’m not having any success.

    Although I miss the income, I truly enjoy the freedom I have to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. The stress of juggling career and personal life is also non-existent. My family members even noticed the difference in my disposition after resigning from my job.

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      I’m glad you put your health and happiness first and that you’re seeing positive results from choosing a less stressful work situation, Kurt!!

  4. Katie

    I love your site and Youtube channel! :)

    My husband and I live in Ohio and are looking to relocate to South Carolina for his job. We have been living a minimalist lifestyle in a small apartment for quite some time now. Having very little needs makes it easy to be able to do what you love, however, I work in the corporate world and hate it. Working this way has given me anxiety and depression. I told him that when we move, I would like to work part-time at a natural foods store. I want more time for the things I love, like yoga, going for walks, and visiting my parents. I have coworkers who feel entitled because they send emails at 11:30pm or while they are on vacation. Some of these people have small kids, too! That is just not the way I want to live. I’m ready to take a drastic pay cut if it means I am able to feel happy and content. :)

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Katie – thank you for reaching out and sharing your story! I can relate to your feelings of discontent in the corporate world. Those feelings are what propelled us to make changes in our lives too. Have fun exploring other work options to find something that is more fulfilling for you!

      Danielle

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