Many entrepreneurs think of one thing and one thing only – the business they are working on. I’ve seen this pattern many times, and I’ve certainly exhibited it myself. To create a startup out of nothing requires tremendous work and focus. However, there are a few things that should really be sprinkled in to keep you energized for the long haul.
1. Exercise regularly. Some people have a notion that they’ll work a couple years, sell their business and then have all the time in the world to get back into the best shape of their lives. Aside from the possibility that this won’t happen, startups are stressful and one of the best ways to relieve stress is exercise.
2. Turn off the screens one day a week. This means no computers, no smartphones, no TV. This is very very hard to do. Take it from me. We now have access to realtime data as to how our startups are doing. I can view traffic and signup stats at any time of day. Taking a break really helps to rejuvenate me if I am feeling burnt out in any way. And the best business ideas often pop into my head when I’m not thinking about them on purpose.
Of course, these two habits are important for anyone to be healthy. But I think entrepreneurs especially need to be reminded of these habits because we tend to defer everything else in favor of our startup. A little bit of balance can go a long way.