I`d have to agree the 12-hr/7day work schedule will eventually lead to burn-out and an eventual mis-use of your time and talents.
Starting, managing, and running your business is about figuring out how to optimize your use of time.
So what I`ve had to resort to is creating a long-term and short-term strategic action plan. Then I work the plan.
When I find myself overworking some element of the plan, I step back and re-assess my strategy and eliminate a lot of the activities that add no value.
Also, I create a success-measure. A challenge to get Activity X completed within X hours. This gives me a goal to shoot for and a reward at the end of that goal.
It`s really about keeping an eye on ensuring that you run the business and not have the business run you (which ends up happening more than I`d like to admit).
Just a thought...
Latarsha Lytle, MBA
Business Strategy Advice For New Startups...With A Motivational Twist