For ardent followers of a romanticised entrepreneurial mindset, the idea of doing anything else is a no-go. But my goal here is to throw that unreasonable outlook out the window and explain how you can be a happier entrepreneur.
In fact, doing non-startup stuff will make you even better at your job. Here, let me use an example that possibly describes what often goes through your head:
With projects so large and an ever-increasing flow of ideas, it’s only natural to feel like you’re alone in this. Or maybe that you have to sacrifice your full daily hours for work, otherwise your business won’t scale. It’s you against the world. So much to do, yet so many hours in a day.
That’s utter bullsh*t.
All that does is tire you physically and mentally.
In the beginning, you feel powerful. You have your own schedule, you’re your own boss. Waking up early and going to bed late never felt so fulfilling.
A few years in, you start seeing things for what they really are. You get worn out. You start working less. In the end, your business fails like 38% of startups due to a lack of involvement.
I don’t mean to discourage you at all. This is but an invitation for you to switch gears immediately.
You HAVE to focus on other things in your life besides your startup. It’s a vital necessity. I’voe talked about founder burnout, and that’s exactly where you’re headed if you don’t change your lifestyle.
The changes are simple. They won’t take up much of your time, and they’ll make you a ahppeir entrepreneur, more happy and eager to work. Here they are:
Whether we’re talking about short 5-minute Pomodoro breaks or a two-week vacation, breaks are what will keep you sane.
You might think you’re on a roll until you feel like dropping everything. Don’t let your exhaustion reach this point.
You’re lucky enough to choose your working hours, so take short breaks during workdays and give yourself a few days off when it all gets too much. Watch a few videos and laugh at memes—you deserve it!
For an entrepreneur, exercising daily might not be the best of ideas when deadlines are tight. That’s okay—doing it a few times a week works just as well.
Exercising will help you get better sleep and wake up refreshed. It’ll make you feel happy, and your aching body will thank you for some movement after hunching all day. Oh, and you’ll love this one: exercise can improve productivity in all areas if your life.
I’m sure you’ve declined several invites from your mum or your friends because you were too busy at the moment.
They understood but said something like “all you do is work!”, and you felt great because that’s what you want to hear.
Stop it, now. Being a hardworking person is a great quality, but your occupation doesn’t give you superpowers to conquer all odds through uninterrupted work.
So go visit mum. Go out for a walk. Meet with people who’ve always had your back. Be a happier entrepreneur. When you look back, you’ll realise that’s where your force comes from.
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