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10 tips on how to maintain work/life balance in the startup world

Working in the startup world can be quite demanding and maintaining the work-life balance is a struggle for everyone. Being “always on” the job does not really help to achieve it faster, especially for working moms, as they are trying to have both a private life and a career. However, as entrepreneurship demands, founders and startup employees both need fresh ideas, creative thinking, and constant motivation to keep up. So as challenging as it may seem, it is important to find it.

Here are 10 tips which might help:

  • Learn how to manage your time: Time management is one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face. Since you only have 24 hours per day, prioritizing may be one way to help you manage your time. By focusing on the most important items on the priority list, it is more likely that things will be done with greater care and focus. In addition, learn to say no to less important matters, simplify your work and delegate.
  • Leave work at work: It is imperative that there is a strict “no work on weekends” rule without any exceptions. Cutting ties with the outside world allows us to recover from weekly stress and leaves space for other ideas to emerge. Give your body and mind a chance to rest and disconnect completely. As tech nowadays allows us to stay connected all the time, turn the phone off for total digital detox.
  • Make time for family: Spending quality time with the family in these days of busy schedules is a rarity. However, family time actually relieves stress, nurtures positive behaviors and enhances a healthy lifestyle, all of which could do benefit in the startup world. From family trips to game nights, building a quality relationship with your family is something you will never regret.
  • Make time for yourself: In today’s fast-paced society, the majority cannot find time to be alone. However, it is when you unplug and step back that you will start to experience a completely new perspective. It’s healthy to continually evaluate where you’re at. From meditation to a weekend getaway, this is the perfect time for self-reflection and goal-setting. Self-care is essential for strong mental health.
  • Outsource as much as possible: Fortunately, today technology is so powerful that it can replace much of the work necessary to run a business. So outsourcing specific non-revenue-generating tasks, which occupy meaningful work time on a regular basis can be one step towards work-life balance, as it allows more focus on growing the business, ultimately leaving more time for personal matters.
  • Change the office: The startup industry is known for its flexible schedules and telecommuting opportunities. The flexible work environment relieves the amount of stress and enhances a healthier work-life balance, as parents spend more time with their children, attend to their personal obligations or family plans while ensuring high-level productivity and effectiveness.
  • Exercise: It is scientifically proven that exercise boosts our energy and ability to concentrate. So integrating a regular 30-minute exercise into your daily routine keeps your body active and mind fresh, leading to better functioning and completing tasks in less time. Plus, exercise improves creativity. So next time you find yourself with a challenge, try taking a walk.
  • Make work fun: The only way to turn the “80-hour workweeks” into bearable, is by injecting some fun into it. Play should be an integral part of the work, as having fun makes employees more productive, more engaged, less likely to leave their jobs, and just plain happier. From promoting play time to encouraging hobbies at work, try to keep the happy spirit alive as much as possible.
  • Travel: Change of scenery is always healthy for mental and emotional well-being. Traveling to new places is intended to take the body, soul, and spirit out of the lanes of stress, help reflect on personal goals and interests and enrich and transform perspective. Additionally, extended traveling also improves your productivity, problem-solving skills, and creativity.
  • Keep a positive mind – Remaining optimistic when faced with entrepreneurial failures or threats can be quite challenging, but a positive mindset might get you through. It enables to look at the positives of all situations and it helps visualize the goals, ultimately resulting it reaching them. So even if it is tough to maintain sometimes, a positive attitude is priceless.

And sometimes it just makes sense to switch jobs in order to stay driven and passionate about what you’re doing. If you’re looking for exciting new opportunities, check out the EU-Startups Job Board.

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Bojana Trajkovska
Bojana Trajkovska
Bojana is a startup enthusiast from the Balkan region. Currently exploring the entrepreneurial community in Italy. Passionate reader and traveller.


  1. Launching a start-up is demanding and takes huge amounts of time, energy, and attention. These are great tips, Bojana! Thank you for sharing!

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