We all know that starting a business from scratch is a lot of work. Of course it’s rewarding to see the business you have invested so much time, energy and emotion into succeeded, but that doesn’t mean there are not many bumps and bruises along the way. In fact, there are normally two words that come to mind when talking about the foundation of a business: entrepreneurship and stress. The responsible for all the ins and outs of the business can lead into extremely high pressured moments and a ton of pushing your bodies to the limits.
One thing to keep in mind is that creating the business is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. One’s success will depend on the ability to keep steam up over a long period of time. In fact, the majority of startup founders go through their own form of burnout. However, there are ways to prevent a burnout before you hit that wall. I’ve listed my favorite ones below.
- Take Care of Yourself. This is the one I cannot stress enough as your number one priority in life should be to take care of yourself. You want to make sure that you are eating healthy foods, sleeping well, exercising and doing an activity that relaxes you. Don’t neglect your friends and family as these are the people who will help reign you back to earth. If you set the clear boundaries as quickly as possible and adhere to them, it will only benefit you in the future.
- Learn to Prioritize. Not everything has to be done the minute it arrives on your plate! Yes, time is a very valuable thing and there will always be work to accomplish, but it’s learning how to prioritize these tasks in order of importance that matters. As a business is building up, it’s natural to want to take every door that opens as it gives you the chance to expose and network your business more and more. However, you want to avoid doing this as it will just lead to exhaustion. Passing up some things is okay! Remember, it’s not about taking every single chance but picking the ones that will benefit you and your business the most.
- Reset Expectations. Unrealistic expectations are a common thing amongst entrepreneurs. They often have set goals that are unachievable and then end up disappointed when they don’t get accomplished. Instead of realigning to goals that are achievable, people will push ahead full throttle. This will cause a burn out and discourage you more than you know. Don’t compare your business to others in the field! Just because they have seen sudden success doesn’t mean it will maintain at that level and there is no use in comparison. Celebrate milestones instead!
- Don’t isolate yourself. Most of you know already that isolation is common among startup founders. The hours are different than your typical nine to five and there are more levels of stress than someone who works for an already established company. Seek out the company of people who are going through a similar thing as you are. These are your peers and they will understand the stress you are going through. Believe me when I say no one wants to hear you talk about the same thing over and over again. Check out places like Meetup.com orStartupDigest.com for events or meets up with other founders. Who knows, it might be the start of a new friendship as well.