For me, 100% yes. I do believe that the more you put in, the more you will gain but with that, you absolutely need to find balance between work and a social life.
There have been a number of occasions in my life where people have said ‘Wow… it’s amazing you’re doing the stuff you’re doing at your age.’ This phrase, despite being meant in a positive and encouraging way, often feels a little strange. The reason for the way I feel is that I have been working incredibly hard since leaving college back in 2009. I didn’t go to university and instead jumped head first in to my work. For me, this hard work was absolutely essential to my progress and development. Without this, I would not be where I am today… no way! I spent the first few years of my working life being accessible all the time. I had emails on my iPhone, I would work all the way through the night and would regularly check emails when out with friends and ‘work mode’ would be pretty consistent… Obviously this does have benefits but the negatives became more and more obvious as time went on.
I’ve learnt over the years that balance is essential. Since the start of 2014, I have made a conscious effort to have more ‘Dan time’ as I like to call it. I now have no emails on my phone and have a much more structured week with time off being in my diary. This has actually in turn made my working week way more productive. I also have more time available to see my friends and family and has really started to shape the way that I work.
If you’re feeling a little stressed or over worked, I’d definitely recommend setting time for you and turn your phone and laptop off. The world will carry on and you can continue when you feel more rested. Usually after a little sleep.
Sleep is good and I like it.