One entrepreneur shares tips on how to find time for yourself in the fast-paced grind of entrepreneurship
Life outside of work. Ever heard of it? Thanks to today’s technology, the modern worker is now accessible virtually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—always just a text or email away.
The stresses associated with holding a 9-5 job are matched, if not exceeded, in the startup world. Long hours dedicated to growing your business can take a toll, and it’s important to keep that stress in check.
Compounding stress from long, grueling workdays is damaging. It can hurt relationships, your personal health and overall happiness. Finding a balance between hard work and personal time for relaxation and release is extremely important to maintaining a good quality of life and achieving success in business.
We spoke to Audrey Wallace, co-founder and CEO of Komae, a babysitting solution for the digital world. With Komae, parents can exchange babysitting duties amongst their trusted communities without ever spending money. It’s a system designed to reduce stress among parents and remove the barriers of finding a trusted babysitter on short notice. We asked Audrey, a parent and startup CEO, what she does to reduce her own stress.
- Find a support system: Entrepreneurship can be lonely. Wallace stressed the importance of having a quality support system to help you cope during the lows you’ll inevitably face at some point in the startup grind. Take on a new hobby, get involved in your church or attend local business meetups to network with others.
- Schedule time for yourself: The way that you meticulously schedule your days full of meetings, phone calls, etc., you should block off time for yourself. Exercise, watch TV and unwind, meditate—whatever you choose, just make sure it helps you relax!
- Give help where needed: It feels good to lend a hand to a project that’s not your own. This helps you take your mind off familiar responsibilities and could fuel greater creativity. Wallace believes in the reciprocity of good deeds in entrepreneurship—what goes around comes around.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: As an entrepreneur, you have enough on your plate. The fate of a business is already in your hands; don’t be afraid to reach out for help with something, or outsource that task. Just like the tip above, if you’ve paid it forward and have been willing to help others, you’ll likely find people willing to lend a hand.
- Make it a family affair: It’s not easy to run a business and a family at the same time, let alone find time for yourself. Wallace says the best way to keep it all under control is to get everyone involved. When she travels for meetings, she makes sure her husband and kids join in on the fun. They get to experience new cities and expand their view of the world, and they feel involved in their mom’s success.
“I think the big key is understanding that entrepreneurship is definitely difficult, but if you can surround yourself with the right people, whether that be mentors, other entrepreneurs, or a church community or your family, you’ll be better off,” said Wallace. “There are highs and lows every day, and sometimes the lows seem to come all at once, but truly supportive people keep you level, clear-headed and focused. They help you never lose sight of why you took on this challenge in the first place, and that’s extremely important.”