Recently, I had the chance to meet Vernon Stinebaker, the author of this article on How to be Productive . He’s a great guy. I completely agree with his points in his blog post about focus being far better than working way too many hours. I personally prefer to schedule a project plan for 8 hours instead of 9 hours like some colleagues I’ve met. I find that gets us into a “I can work myself out of this hole” kind of attitude which inevitably leads to more work, deeper holes, and burnout.