In the recent past I worked 15+ hours almost every day of the week. I had to in order to keep up with the mountain of work. Being a small business means I do everything.
And then I stopped. I was getting a lot of work done but was still always behind. My family was suffering from a severe lack of attention and I was very close to burning out completely.
So I just quit doing it. I stopped working at 6PM every night no matter what. I spent a few hours dedicated to my family everyday. Things got much better.
Last night for some reason (it wasn’t even a big deadline) I worked until midnight. 17 hours all together. Today I feel like I was run over by a truck. The idea of doing much of anything seems like a bad idea. I can tell it won’t be the most productive day I’ve ever had.
And that’s after one night. Now I see all the damage I was doing before by putting in those long hours. The funny thing is since I’ve stopped working so many hours I’m getting roughly the same amount of work done. I’m just less burned out and more productive in the hours I do work.