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24 Nov 2016, 08:44
People spend too much time on personal enjoyment – doing things they like to do – rather than doing things they should do

I disagree with the statement that people spend too much time on personal enjoyment – doing things they like to do – rather than doing things they should do. In fact, I believe the opposite. People do not spend too much time doing what they want. I will show you mathematical evidence.

Even though people used to work twelve hours per day in a factory at the beginning of the industrial revolution and nowadays people work around nine hours, there are a lot of other daily activities that people must do. Travelling to work, going to the supermarkets, taking care of kids, paying the bills, are activities that every adult has to do every day. They usually get up at 7am and come back home tired at 7pm. During this timeframe, they would do what they must do, not what they really want. And as they are tired, the little time they have to do a personal enjoyment during weekdays it would not be as enjoyable as it must be.

Weekends are not enough if people use this only two days to do what they want and they could not do during the weekdays. If you only enjoy two days out of seven, you will be happy only in 28% of the time of your week. As in Europe, in the United States people must work less hours per day so they can have free time to spend time on personal enjoyment during weekdays. In fact, there are some research that shows the positive correlation between having more free time and increasing productivity. So, companies can have an advantage if they give more free time to theirs employees.

We are in a changing world and we have to adapt to it. A century ago, it would have been impossible to discuss this topic. But today, is important not only to discuss, but also to find a solution in order to increase the welfare of people. In addition, we have the chance to increase the productivity too, so it would be a win-win change. In my opinion, reducing the number of hours people work will increase the time spend on personal enjoyment to a healthy style.

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