Let’s get one thing straight, we’re ALL guilty of the following five items, especially those of us in the startup world. When you’re launching your own business it can seem like the only way to move up is to keep moving. While we’ll never tell you to lay down on the job, it’s important to remember that burn out is real. If you’re feeling frantic, overwhelmed, disengaged and irritable (sounds like a typical Tuesday, right?) then maybe it’s time to find a way to ditch at least a few of these bad habits.
1. Twenty four-seven tech connection.
We know, you bought the unlimited data plan for a reason and when you’re the company CEO, CFO and CMO, the calls and e-mails never stop coming. We don’t have to be clairvoyant to know that you’re staring at a screen until the moment you close your eyes. Well, stop it! Adequate sleep promotes creativity and a sense of calm.
In fact, you should try to spend at least 15-30 minutes tech-free before your head hits the pillow. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it could be more than just incoming calls keeping you awake. In an article published last year the organization states, “Studies have shown that even our small electronic devices emit sufficient light to miscue the brain and promote wakefulness.”
For a real test of will power, turn on your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature. Don’t worry, your messages will be there in the morning.
2. Renaissance man mentality.
You can do a lot, but you can’t do it all. According to Jim Schleckser, CEO of the Inc. CEO Project, successful CEOs use the “70 percent rule” to decide when to delegate a task. Essentially, this means that if your team member or colleague can perform a task at least 70 percent as well as you can, it’s time to hand it off.
3. Nonstop networking.
Networking can be key in the entrepreneurial world, but there’s no rule that says you have to be the life of every party. Start by turning down that second glass of wine and reserving at least a night or two per week to rest. You’ll feel recharged and ready to put your best foot forward for the next business happy hour.
4. No time off.
If your work mantra sounds like an angry cross fit coach, you’re probably not doing yourself any favors. Even if you can’t take a vacation, take a few minutes. In a Carnegie Mellon University study examined by Forbes, just 25 minutes of mindful meditation helped to reduce stress levels when tackling math and public speaking tests.