Originally posted on SeanCarothers.com
If you work in the startup world, you understand the great deal of stress you may have to deal with on a daily basis. Of course, that comes with the territory. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay motivated and excited throughout the day. Avoid burnout by using the following tips to stay on top of your game:
Make Your Mission Bigger
Startups are a major commitment for anyone. However, it can be tempting to make everything about the bottom line. That might be in the form of signups, new users, investor reports, or revenue. The reality is that while these are important metrics, you need to focus on the bigger picture. Have a purpose that is bigger than your startup. Other than making money, what does your company do to really make a difference in the lives of others?
Have a Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness or meditation is simply the practice of slowing things down. When you are used to flying through life at top speed, it can be difficult to find the time for yourself. So take a few minutes each day, hopefully in the morning, and let yourself relax and focus on your breathing. It will give you fresh energy for more motivation.
Get the MIT Done First
The MIT, or “most important task,” is the number one thing you need to do that day. Sometimes people lose motivation because they get overwhelmed by everything on their plate. The trick is to get the major priority out of the way. Then, your motivation will soar because the biggest part is already finished.
Connect with Coworkers
No one can do it alone. Don’t be the martyr that works themselves to the bone on an isolated island. Reach out to coworkers whenever you can. When you connect with your peers, not only do you get the motivational benefit of socializing, but you also feel more excited about helping them succeed in their lives and in the startup.
When it comes to startups, no one ever said they were easy. At first, you might have no problem being motivated. However, after a while you might find yourself feeling down and out. Don’t get caught up in negative thinking. Instead, embrace the ideas above so you always have a well of energy to pull from, no matter the challenge.