Everyone, who is successful in any-case, works hard. Some of them are sprinters and some of them are marathoners. Either way they are reaching for gold, or have already gotten there. Truth be told, successful people never reach the gold. That because the “gold” keeps changing. Once the goal/gold has been reached, new successes are pursued.
These people work in two different ways. As I said, they all work hard. Its just a question of mental and physical style. Some work straight through their 10 ( never 8 ) hour work day. No breaks, no socializing, sometimes even no laughter (no laughter is no good). BUT you get a lot done!
Others take sprints. They push for an hour or two, take a break for 10 or 20 minutes then push again. Yes, 5 twenty minutes breaks a day adds up to an hour a day, five hours a week, but it’s effective. Many studies have shown that productivity, quality, creativity and even happiness go up.
So what’s better? A bit of both. Take the analogy of the marathoner. After his 2 hrs, 3 minutes and 59 seconds (the world record. The women’s record is 2:15:25) he crosses the finish line. He, as we, have a goal, a road map. If the marathoner were to run those two hours in a circle, he would never cross the finish line. We need a road map, a goal. So that after our 120 years on this planet we get there on purpose.
The sprinter though knows how to reach many many finish lines. Those are the small goals/milestones we set on the way to the goal, to the gold. Even the marathoner takes a break after the race, and between training sessions. And yes, even he does sprints.
THE BOTTOM LINE, doing the sprints will help you finish the marathon. That’s the effective way to reach your gold. One sprint at time.