Would you rather the surgeon have two amazing days of perfect surgeries each week, or spend seven days sweeping the halls?
Which is a more successful and productive week?
I often get caught in the trap of thinking more work = more production.
The reality for most of us is that more work done intelligently is more productive. Remember that saying "work smarter, not harder"?
Yeah, more of that.
Am I more productive if I manually lift all the wood boards to the upstairs bedroom, or take the time to rent a crane and have it all lifted up there by lunchtime?
The first method takes much more physical labor and therefore may seem like it's the better day of work, but the second method gets the job done, preserves your body, and the rest of the day is free to continue being productive.
Pace yourself and work more intelligently and you'll get more done while having more time to do the other things you love.