Do you feel like you have to work all the time or you can’t possibly be successful? That’s the fast track to burning out. Working all the time with no chance to take a break or play is going to have the opposite effect over time.
Reward yourself for working hard. Give yourself something to look forward to in the form of time off, recreation, and relaxation.
Seriously— schedule a solid 3 hours of work in the morning. Give yourself a reward after you’ve been highly productive for that time. Take the rest of the day off, if you want. The point is to motivate yourself to power through it.
Working all day long, sitting at your desk for 12 hours a day sounds great in theory. You’ll be more successful much more quickly, right? Absolutely not. You’ll burn yourself out, dash your creativity, and take even longer to be truly successful. Give yourself breaks and things to look forward to and you’ll be a lot more productive during your work hours. You’ll get more done in just a few hours than many people get done over a full workday.
The world’s most successful people know how to work hard and they know how to play hard. Do you?