Im starting a new series of short, daily posts as part of my contribution to VentureBent. Therefore, starting today I will be posting about what I learn while living and breathing the NYC tech scene.
Lesson #1: Take a break and step away. I recently took a mini vacation to Florida and really disconnected from everything. I still checked twitter and read the occasional blog here and there, but it was really refreshing being away from the startup scene, the meetups, and the hustle for a few days.
We all know it’s important to hustle, market yourself, network like crazy, and attend as many different meetups and events as possible. I have been doing this for the past 6 months straight and I have started to get really burnt out and exhausted. I have met amazing people and learned so many things, yet it was great removing myself from the city and the startup world for a few days. I have come back more energized and looking forward to the next six months.
Many of us, especially aspiring entrepreneurs or those working on a startup, think it’s all about working 24/7, all nighters, and red bull fueled brainstorm sessions. However, the farther I get down my path to becoming an entrepreneur I am learning that it is critical to take a break and refresh yourself mentally and physically. If not you’ll end up burning out, losing focus, and your productivity will plummet. One thing that has helped me a lot is sticking to a strict workout schedule. Its a 1-1.5 hr slot everyday where I can take a break from everything around me.
So my biggest piece of advice today is to find something that allows you to remove yourself for a short period of time from whatever you’re passion is. It really helps and you’ll feel great when you get back into the swing of things.