do people work 80-100 hours a week and not get burned out?"
We've published the full answer of one Quora user, who works in
investment banking, below.
I have worked 80 – 100 hours a week for the past three years, and am likely
to continue to work at least 70 hours or more in my next gig.
In short, get your priorities straight.
1. Calendarize your loved ones.
Make your apologies now if you are getting into it. Really calendarize: Book
"Call your Mom" time and "Lunch with your boyfriend" time and "Coffee with your
friend" time, etc., in advance.
Otherwise, meetings and conferences will fill up your calendar, and perhaps
you also travel a lot ... then you will lose them. Of course, even if you plan
ahead, last-minute cancellation happens. Just make sure they are informed as
early as possible and apologize. Sincerely. Don't take anyone sticking around
2. Prioritize your fitness and well-being.
I still go to the gym or hike (I live in a city that has 30+ amazing trails)
at least three times a week, and I try to eat healthily. If I worked late hours
in the office and ate pizza and fries every day, I probably would die on my desk
during one of those all-nighters ...
3. Recharge during your vacations.
Don't feel guilty when you apply for vacations. Why would people feel guilty
for applying for vacations, you ask? Busy people in busy teams do feel guilty.
But you'll need it.
Go somewhere in a different timezone or somewhat different from your working environment. Beach, mountains, deserts, whatever. I hiked a lot of mountains during my leaves; it takes the heat off and it feels as challenging as my job is, and the best of all, it feels sooooooo good when you are standing on top of a mountain.
4. Don't get addicted to caffeine.
It may sound counterintuitive, but this is the best advice l've been
advocating to all my peers (and even my bosses). Don't drink too much espresso,
Coke Zero, or (especially) Red Bull when you are OK to
Consciously reduce your caffeine intake and try to fight the fatigue a little
bit if you are already hooked. Then, when you are really, really tired, these
things will actually be effective (like after you work on something for 24 hours
I drink no caffeinated drinks now during a normal day. I drink juices, decaf
(occasionally if I really miss a latte), and sometimes green tea if I'm really
having a tough night.
5. Try to maintain a healthy sex life.
... If you can keep a partner that you love. Don't just keep someone around
because you want a cuddle and sometimes breakfast in your bed, that's not fair.
Find someone you like to spend your limited time with and laugh together.
6. Communicate with your team and your boss.
It's the worst when something that takes a whole week of your time is
actually not what your team/boss wanted. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
I can't stress this point more. You don't have time to waste.
Hope this is helpful to those of you who choose to work in professions that
require long hours. But choose wisely. Being stuck in a job that you absolutely
hate that occupies 80-plus hours of your week? I can't think of a better torture.
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