Published on July 19th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez0
Stop Working So Late: Staying Efficient in Startup Tech Companies
Entrepreneurs work nonstop to get their startup tech businesses running, but in some cases it may be doing more harm than good.
As a serial entrepreneur, I definitely understand the tendency to work constantly when you’re trying to get a company off the ground. The more passionate you are about your tech company, the more likely you are to invest yourself completely in it. It’s not uncommon to see startup tech company entrepreneurs working from early in the morning to late at night every single day, and working through the weekends as well.
But in most cases, this is wholly unnecessary and might even be counterproductive. If you’re going to stay refreshed and focused on the bigger picture, you have to stop letting yourself get bogged down in countless hours of work.
The Productivity Dilemma
I know what it’s like. You want to keep going, keep driving, keep checking emails, keep researching, and keep moving 100 percent of the time. You feel like the harder and longer you work, the more you’ll get done, and with a never-ending constantly growing pile of tasks, you feel like taking a break would mean you’ll never ever catch up. But it’s important for you to realize that taking a break is not a sacrifice of productivity.
Why Taking Time Away is Important
You have to take time away from your work, both in the short-term and in the long-term. In the short-term, take regular short breaks away from your computer screen. Do low intensity calisthenics, relax your eyes, and try to meditate if possible. In the long-term, take a day off every once in a while and allow your mind to decompress. Studies show you’ll be more productive as a result.
Drawing the Line
Learn where to draw the line between personal time and professional time. The sooner you do, the better results you’ll see. You’ll find yourself more focused, more productive, and in a generally better mood if you keep yourself committed to a specific plan of attack for your startup tech company. The line isn’t the same for everyone, and it might take some time to figure out where it fits for you, but once you do you’ll appreciate the final results.