Are you working into the wee-hours of the morning or are you getting eight hours of sleep like we, as human beings, are supposed to? At what cost, do we sacrifice those precious hours after the 9-5 full time job.
Based off of my own experience the reward is almost always worth the reward. If I’m spending all this extra time on my clients, I’m just getting that much more practice for future ones. You will also notice your work evolve as time goes by, trust me. My basic rule for putting in extra time is to perform one last laptop charge and when my battery hits <5%, it’s time for bed. If you start losing focus, turn off Facebook & Twitter, it’s not like you didn’t get enough of that during the day.
Always remember to try and learn new things on your own time. The universe works in very mysterious ways, and sometimes new techniques I learn the night before, comes in handy with future situations I face at work.
Most employers I’ve had, admired the fact that I craft my design abilities outside of the workarea and are suprised to find out how new honed skills applied to different situations.
Don’t try and plan on making late nights a habit though, give yourself a break at least two days of the week. Go to the gym, relax, have dinner with a friend, family member or your spouse.