Ever see someone working so hard that he or she is delirious? You don't need to work hard to get many things done. In fact, you shouldn't be over working yourself to the point where you're burnt out. There has to be balance between your work life and your personal life.
To prevent work burnout do the following things:
1. Don't check your email first thing in the morning. Everyone does this and it is wrong. Email doesn't stop- it's like the mail. Imagine how stressed you would be if the mail man kept showing up to your house every few minutes with bills and credit card statements and tasks! Email works the same way, only it is connected to your hip every where you go thanks to smartphones. Only check your email at 11am, 3pm and again at 7pm. This will help you collect and organize your email tasks and leave you less stressed throughout the day. You can set your iPhone and other smartphones to run updates at this time, too.
2. Only call meetings for decisions. People tend to have meetings for everything these days. What a waste of time! Spend more time doing and less time planning. Only call or go to meetings when decisions are being made. If a meeting is setup with you as the invitee- ask if it is a decision making meeting. If it is a strategy meeting- skip it. They can find you in your office, via phone or via email.
3. Keep a running list of all items to discuss with your associates and do so all at once. It is very easy to send this list via email, text, etc. You don't have to have a meeting. Send a list via email with 'Items needed' (or alike) and accompany each item with a due date and a brief explanation of the task. Calender yourself to check up on each task one day after the due date. You don't need to micromanage your staff and become stressed out or overworked as a result. This running list keeps them accountable for their responsibilities AND you have written proof of your expectations.