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Sometimes you meet a successful person who, for some unknown reason, seems to work less than you but achieve more. But why? 

Successful people understand the importance of shifting gears over the weekend. They know how important it is to relax and unwind so they can perform at top speed during the week.

A new study from Stanford shows that productivity per hour plunges when the workweek exceeds 50 hours, and productivity drops so much after 55 hours that there’s no point in working anymore. What this means is that anyone working over 55 hours ultimately still ends up completing the same amount of work as those who work less hours.

Here’s what successful people do to work less and still get more done:

1) They disconnect: This is arguably one of the most important elements to working less but getting more done. If you can’t find a way to get away from your work tasks over the weekend, then you’ve never really left work. Use your free time to recharge and clear your mind so that you can be more productive when you get back to work.

2) Reduce chores: The whole point of relaxing over the weekend is to get away from your work duties, including your household duties. This doesn’t mean ignoring the shopping and clothes that need to be washed, however, you can always schedule your chores so that if you don’t complete them in the allotted time, you can always finish them the following week.

3) Exercise: One of the most important elements in the road to success is exercise. Why? Because exercise allows you to get fit, raise energy levels, reduce stress and look better. Even just a small amount of exercise can do wonders. Studies show that getting up from your chair to carry out a bit of exercise for as little as 10 minutes can drastically reduce your stress levels.

At the end of the day, it’s all about optimising your time. When you’re at work, work hard and give it your all, when your resting, rest hard so you can achieve everything you need to during your work day.