Time management is emotionally charged and the first step to making improvements is to deal with emotions. People don’t always know consciously what drives their decisions and behaviors.
Many achievers work hard because of how they were raised. Their parents taught them the value of hard work. They were praised for working hard and their identity is defined (at least in part) by how hard they work and how much they achieve. Their value system is built on this foundation. Their self-worth depends on it.
If you believe your hard work pays off, then by all mean, continue. But if your sacrifice creates any level of dysfunction, it is important to be aware and choose deliberately what you want to do instead. Doing more of the same is rarely the best option.
Do you sometimes drive to work in the morning with a clear intention of what you want to accomplish, only to find yourself driving back home at the end of the day, tired for having worked long hours, and somehow not having accomplished what you wanted? Learn how to regain control over your schedule.