Sometimes running a startup can be hard... in this episode we'll share all of the things we personally struggle with, and some of the methods we use to overcome them!
In this episode we'll talk all things stress - do we have it, the effects it's had on us, and what we do to manage it to ensure we maintain a work-life balance.
We won't lie, starting your own project can be hard, and sometimes in a startup it can feel like you're quite alone. With no boss telling you what to do, and a tonne of responsibilities piling up here and there, it can feel like a daunting to-do list with no visible end.
So, how is it that we manage?
Well, while it's safe to say we're definitely no experts on the matter, we've found a few tips and tricks that have helped us stay sane along the way.
1. Find out what motivates you as a person to get stuff done.
We talked a lot about accountability, and sometimes in a startup it can be hard to find. With no boss, and a few collaborators, it can sometimes feel like no ones checking up on you, and this can cause you to feel lost and unproductive. However, we also spoke about how being held accountable doesn't work for everybody, so it's important to find out and understand how you respond to expectations.
For this, we've used Gretchen Rubin's 4 Tendencies Quiz, so feel free to check it out at https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/.
2. Set goals in line with where or who you want to be
Sometimes we can have so much to do, that we end up losing focus on what it is that we actually want to achieve. By setting goals, and prioritising the things that will help us get to where we want to be, both professionally and on a personal level, we will find that the time we put into our work will be 10x as effective. Keep these goals at the forefront of your mind, and learn to say no to the things that will take up unnecessary time.
For this, we mentioned the app Tick Tick, which allows you to set and keep track of your daily goals (https://ticktick.com/?language=en_US).
3. Make sure that your goals are not just professional, but also include self-care.
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of trying to get a project off of the ground, it can be easy to get carried away and forget to take care of our bodies and minds. Whether it be including a daily meditation in the morning, thinking of all the things you're grateful for, going for a run, or taking some time off with your family and friends, it's important that we actively include these things and remember that these are our foundation.
For meditation, the app mentioned was Insight Timer https://insighttimer.com/.
So, once again, it's important to mention that we are no experts. And to be frank, we would love to hear any more suggestions you guys have in how to keep happy and healthy when running a business.
Also, please let us know if you do put any of these tips into practice, or alternatively if you've already been using them - we'd love to hear the effect that they've had for you both personally and professionally.
In the meantime, we'll be prepping ourselves for the launch of our salted caramel chocolates! It'll be a busy week, but a perfect opportunity to take care of ourselves and practice what we preach.