Life of a startup founder is not easy. With a spree of never ending meetings to attend, emails to send, follow-up calls to make and getting things done in the stipulated time, your hands are literally full. However, this in no way means that the founder should only think, breathe, eat and sleep work all the time.
It is equally important to spare time for personal needs and spend quality time with family. By disciplining your life after work, you can make enough time for all the personal responsibilities too.
Startup Founders, Discipline your Life after Work
Call it a Day at a Fixed Time
In order to function efficiently in your professional life, you need to unwind and relax at the end of the day in order to reinstate the lost energy. Setting a time to end your work and following it diligently would encourage you to complete all the tasks within a stipulated period. Ending your work day at this set time would also give you enough time to spend with your loved ones and even the much needed “me-time”.
Take a Break for Half an Hour at the end
A lot of things happen in the course of a day which may cause you undue stress or would require your attention. A time off of about half an hour with yourself would allow you to reflect on the incidents and find solutions for problems. Ignoring to do this may result in too many unsolved problems and a lot of uncalled stress.
Plan your Week Ahead
It is always a good idea to plan your work week ahead of time. This is a great way to organize your work and ensure that you don’t miss out on something important. Take some time out during the weekend to plan what all needs your immediate attention in the coming week. With a well prepared plan in place, you would be ready to face each week with lesser stress and more efficiency.
Learn to Say “No”
Trying to keep everyone happy may take a toll on your personal well being. No matter what, try to stick to your work and after work schedule during the weekdays. It is okay to refuse certain invitations for socializing which could result in late nights and could wreak havoc with your work and personal life. Similarly, helping others is important, but doing this at the cost of your peace of mind or your time, is not a great idea.
Pen Your Thoughts
In today’s tech world, ‘penning down’ generally refers to writing a blog. Did you know that penning down your thoughts actually help you not only to express your feelings about certain situations but also help in organizing your own thoughts? Of course, this does not happen in an instant. But, if you regularly write blogs, you would find a significant change in the way you view things and organize your thoughts in a better way.
Get Your Priorities Right
You may have a lot of things going on in your life. Prioritizing them is what will make it easier for you to lead a balanced life. When it comes to choosing between family and work, think carefully before you make a decision as both are equally important.
Exercise in the Morning
Getting an hour more of shut eye in the morning may be tempting. However, if you exercise before leaving for work, you won’t have to worry about it after the work hours. This would mean that you could use that time for other important things.
Chuck Social Media, Focus on Work
If you want to complete all your work on time, you need to be completely focused on your work. Checking your social media feed constantly may cost you precious time, chaining you to your desk past the work hours.
Avoid Over Planning
Just because you have some time on your hands post work does not mean that you should try to squeeze in more things to do. This could actually lead to a lot of chaos and unwanted stress. Go for a leisurely schedule that would give you enough time to relax.
Creating a work life balance is important for a happy and contented life. With these pointers in mind, you can easily achieve the same.
Published author, dreamer, entrepreneur and believer. When not running Contenuto, her freelance content vendor firm and writing the next novel, Deepa loves to catch up on her favorite US TV Shows. Loves spending quality time with her family and constantly hallucinates some 'me' moments in a far far away Austria.