Diminishing returns of overwork

Given that your average college-bound student probably works at least 40 hours per week between school, homework, and activities, you might check out this article and consider the referenced research that shows:

  • Working more doesn’t mean working better.
  • Productivity dramatically decreases with longer hours and drops off completely at 55 hours per week.
  • On average, someone working 70 hours a week achieves no more than a colleague working 15 fewer hours.

If your biggest achievement is simply how many hours you work, fewer hours spent working just might lead to bigger achievements.