The 40 hour workweek. That’s what we’re all used to. The 9-5 standard, punch your clock, Monday through Friday and do what everyone else does. But how many of those hours do you really need to be working?
I work 40+ hours in a week, not because I have to, but because the majority of my money is going towards investing and paying off debt to become financially free. To me the prospect of being stuck working an un-fulfilling 40 hour workweek for the next 40 years is like being exiled to hell (okay, a bit extreme, but sucky either way). This isn’t because I’m lazy and don’t like working, but because it would mean I would’ve spent 83,200 hours doing something I didn’t really want to. What’s the alternative?
Working Less, Living More
That title sounded pretty corny, but it’s true. I discussed my expenses when I started this blog which are about $1000 a month, so how many hours a week do I actually need to work to stay afloat?
Drum Roll Please…
12 hours or approximately 7% of my week.
The other 156 hours (or 93% of my life) I can do whatever I’d like which might be working on my surfing skills (which are horrible), playing the keyboard, or perhaps starting a side business.
Your number may be higher, but it may also mean that you’re spending on too much stuff that you don’t really need. How many hours a week do you spend working to pay off that car, or that extra 1,000 square feet on your house?
Think Outside the 40 Hour a Week Box
I know many of the jobs we take require 40 hours a week, but consider each day you’re at work as paying for something. Mondays could be your financial freedom fund, Tuesdays your housing expenses, and perhaps Wednesdays your fun money.
My point is… just because you work 40 hours a week and make a salary based off that much work, doesn’t mean you have to spend that much money and continue to be dependent on a job that requires… you guessed it… 40 hours a week of work.
If I can do this you can too
I work as a server which requires no college education and no advanced skills (so be careful who you take advice from as well 😉 ). But seriously, if I require less than a 40 hour workweek living on an entry level job to survive, what’s you excuse for having debt and a professional job?
Think about how much time you spend in a week working, and then ask yourself… how much time do you actually need to spend there?
How many hours do you actually need to work in a week?