Dolly Parton's 9 To 5 is playing on Spotify, which is almost a bit spooky as I'm going to write a little about working hours. Working nine to five usually isn't enough when you are building a company. However, it is important not to always work, work, work all day and half the night on daily operations as that will make you less effective and creative.
Finnish serial entrepreneur Taneli Tikka on "lifestyle business bullshit". "Also; great ideas, innovation and valuable views are often born from the grey areas in between and from cross-disciplinary space. And they are born from sleeping well; having your brain in shape and in an alert state to be creative, freely associating (combining seemingly random things), and open minded. You can't have any of this if you are too busy putting in long hours to your operations."
A similar tune to the Van Gogh quote on what it takes to produce good work: "you have to eat well, be well housed, have a screw from time to time, smoke your pipe and drink your coffee in peace."
What are your favorite ways to stay creative and effective even when there are lots of stuff to do and taking a six month sabbatical or a week off in the Alps is not an option?