Even if you enjoy your work, eventually you’re going to feel exhausted from what you’re doing without enough down time. Everyone works well under different circumstances, so while you may be able to work long days, another person may not without getting severely worn out.
In order to avoid getting burnt out, you should adjust your work schedule accordingly. If you’re the type of person that can’t stand working long hours each day, then you should adjust your schedule to work 3-4 hours each day, but work more days each week.
Then, while you work, you’re going to be at your most efficient, but you’re also going to have tons of downtime for the rest of the day once you’re done with work. To those who are accustomed to working 8 hour shifts, this seems absurd.
However, if you’re the type that tends to fall off in productivity in the latter half of their shift, it makes sense. While you’re working fewer hours overall, you should be much more productive during the few hours that you are working, allowing you to get roughly the same amount of work done.
This same strategy also applies to those who are fine working longer shifts, but need time off. Instead of changing the hours you’re working, you can change your schedule to only work 3-4 days per week.
This gives you much more time off than just the weekend, so you’ll be able to enjoy a lot more time. Obviously, not everyone can manage to change their work weeks around like this, either because the nature of your business requires you to be operating 7 days a week, or because you really need a certain amount of time each week to keep things working.
In cases like this, this might just not be a feasible option at the moment. However, that’s not to say that it never will be. For the time being, you might have to work a full work schedule, and it might be a bit grueling for you.
You just have to remember that there will come a time after your work has paid off that you can take much more time to yourself. Try experimenting with different schedules when you have the chance.
You may find that a rather unconventional schedule can lead to fantastic results for you and your business. Some people focus much better knowing they have a limited amount of time to work.
So while five, 8-hour shifts mean they allow a lot of distractions, if they only have five 4-hour shifts, they hunker down and concentrate on achieving whatever goals need to be met.