5 Ways Startup Founders Can Rejuvenate — and Avoid Burnout

After many late nights staring at glowing fluorescent screens, drinking bottomless cups of coffee, and making endless to-do lists, it’s no wonder many entrepreneurs often find themselves burning out within months of taking the plunge into the world of startups.

While a rewarding career, the life pf an entrepreneur can be crazy and stress inducing at times. I learned early on with my startup, GiftStarter.com, that it’s vital to not only take care of your employees and customers, but also yourself. After all, the startup journey is truly a marathon. My best advice is below.

Create a Daily Ritual

It’s so important to include certain rituals throughout your day. I do some reading every morning and every evening. Morning means taking the time to breathe and read about what’s going on in the universe. As evening rolls around, I look forward to another break to slow down, read, and learn from others in the industry.

Outsource and Delegate

It’s impossible to do everything. That’s why I love using services like FancyHands and RedButler for administrative tasks. Outsourcing services have helped me with everything from sending flowers to data entry. As an entrepreneur, your time is limited. Focusing on the overall strategy and delegating other tasks will help you accomplish goals towards your mission much quicker.

Trust Your Team

One thing I love about my team is that I can trust them to accomplish projects with minimal involvement. Having a strong team has helped us scale and create something wonderful. If you don’t trust someone, don’t hire them. If you no longer trust them, get them off the bus.

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Arry Yu is the CEO and Founder of GiftStarter.com. Arry got her start advising world class brands including Microsoft, Google, and L’Oreal at the intersection of where business and creativity meet technology. Arry is passionate about building businesses with an emphasis on corporate culture and innovation, using technology as an enabler. She’s been recognized as a top 40 Under 40 for the Puget Sound Business Journal and has had the opportunity to offer her expertise to both startups and major brands.

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