The startup life is complete and utter chaos. It’s unpredictable. It’s overwhelming. It’s not for the faint of heart.
If you have what it takes to put yourself on this rollercoaster path, I know you have the perseverance to normalize the insanity of startup life while maintaining some semblance of a life. It’s hard to strike that balance, and there is no perfect roadmap to get there, but you just have to commit to a few things to make it work.
Spreadsheets & Schedules
Get yourself a spreadsheet and schedule out your day. If you can focus on what you need to achieve on a daily basis to keep your business moving forward, it’s going to reduce your stress, increase your time management, and eliminate that feeling of drowning because you simply have too much to do.
Stick To An End Point
Yes, it is absolutely impossible for you to have a life, maintain a healthy relationship with your significant other, and not be completely and hopelessly overwhelmed or anxious if you don’t stick to an end point.
Here’s the thing, your job is never going to end. There’s always going to be a million things for you to do and work on. If you let that drive your life, you’re going to get burnt out.
You need to give yourself an end point every day and stick to it. Let’s say it’s 8 p.m. That means as soon as the clock strikes 8, you need to close your laptop, put down your phone, and go be a human being.
Learn To Say No
You have to learn to say no, and you have to use it. You can’t do everything for everyone in your life, you can’t attend every event, you can’t take on every single task. You can’t.
If you’re not selective about what you do with your time and what you add to your plate, you’re going to end up dropping the ball big time.
Find Your Tribe
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t have to be lonely. It shouldn’t be.
Surround yourself with people that are going to build you up, encourage you, and remind you that you can do it. You can’t slack on this one.
It’s also important that within your tribe, you have people that you can talk to about your day, what’s weighing on you, and what’s going on. You can’t go at everything alone.
Having someone or several someones in your corner that can help you sort through things, provide feedback, and help you grow towards your aspirations is worth everything.
It’s also important to have that person in your life that’s going to say ok, you’re done for the day and now it’s time to go out to dinner and do something fun.
Don’t Be Too Serious
Don’t take it all too seriously. Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you can’t find a way to enjoy what you do or find the humor in things, you need to go take a break and come back.
The moment you start treating everything you do like it’s the most important thing in the world is the moment you start missing out on life.
Delegate certain tasks to your employees so you can free up your time to focus on revenue generation and other important areas that you’re really needed for.
I know it’s hard to let go and not do everything yourself, especially because that’s how we all get started on startups, but being able to allocate projects and assignments is one key skill you need to learn.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month. Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.