If you’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart and loved creating business start ups, chances are you’re ambitious and tackle many challenges directly without reservations. You have a passion for your product and service, and want to share those visions with your clients. You hate losing, and will win at all costs. You will even skip breaks and meals, work extended hours and on weekends, and scream at the first sight of failure or missing a deadline. You also expect every one of your small group of co-workers to do the same for the sake of the organization. Does this person sound familiar?
All entrepreneurs know, you have to be passionate about what you do and go “the extra mile” to make your startup a success, but winning in the business game doesn’t have to cost you everything outside of it. In fact, creating a healthier lifestyle – both in and out of the office – will have a direct positive impact on the overall success of your organization. We’re talking hard dollars here for being healthy. A nerdy analogy here would be that you are Excel, and a healthy business lifestyle is Excel VBA, you with added extras that is eminently more flexible. While improving your health should be a strong incentive by itself, there are ancillary benefits for building a healthy lifestyle right into the culture of your business start up. For example, that new college graduate or seasoned executive you are interviewing may not be as ‘gung-ho’ as you are about the new smart phone app or 3-D printer being created, but may be immediately impressed by the lifestyle present while interviewing at the office. Please keep in mind the opposite is true as well, and a poor startup lifestyle can quickly affect the perceptions of potential candidates, current employees, or even customers that you interact with in person. The good news is there are many ways to combat negative outcomes and have a healthy startup lifestyle. The methods listed below also work well in your personal life. Let’s go for it:
Block Schedule Time
Don’t just create a “to-do” or “task” list. The reason why this is relevant is because most people have a laundry list of tasks, but don’t necessarily have proper time allocated to see them through to completion. You should increase confidence (and decrease stress simultaneously) knowing you have specific time for a specific task this week, and don’t be distracted from your goal. For example, if you have to do a presentation this week and it will take you two hours to fully prepare (say an hour for creating slides and an hour for revisions and practice), make sure you block of two hours well ahead of the big show. This is especially key in a business start up environment, where the majority of time you have to create original materials and systems.
Also, the reason why you rarely leave the office on time may not be because there is too much …