Starting a successful business takes a lot of work. Daymond knows from a lot of personal experiences. When he started FUBU, he was working full-time to pay the bills and his startup expenses. While Daymond was starting the business because he loved hip-hop and wanted to tour with the coolest artists and dancers coming out of New York at the time, he basically had no life for a long time. When he wasn’t at work waiting tables, he was working on filling orders, making hats, and sending orders.
When Daymond’s brand took off, it took him a while to learn to adjust to a more balanced life, and he doesn’t want you to have to go through that. We don’t think that your entrepreneurial lifestyle and dreams should ruin your marriage, take you away from your kids, or keep you from having fun with your friends. At the same time, you can’t just say, “Oh, I’ll do that later,” if you want your business to make it. So what can you do? How can you quit being a workaholic and still launch a successful entrepreneurial project? Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years.
REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE WORKING FOR
Your goal isn’t to work late into the night and then get up early in the morning to do it all again, is it? No, your goal is to build a business that will eventually run itself. Take a minute to sit down and think about why you’re doing it and what you want your life to look like when you achieve your goals. This will help you get some perspective, and it’ll help you with the rest of these tips, too.
CREATE A WORK SCHEDULE
Do you get up in the morning and immediately reach for your phone to check emails and start working before you even brush your teeth? And at the end of the day, do you find yourself checking one more time before bed just in case something’s happened? I want you to stop that right now.
If you’re working full-time on your business, I want you to create a schedule that takes no more than 40 hours out of your week. Figure out whether you work in the mornings or the evenings and create a schedule that you can stick with. Then, well, stick with it. If you’re still at another job and you’re working on your business in your free time, pretend that it’s a part-time job you’re going to and make a schedule for it.
SET AN ALARM TO CLOCK OUT
Even if you set up a schedule, it can be pretty difficult to walk away when you’re in the middle of something or if you haven’t finished everything you wanted to accomplish for the day. I’ve found that actually setting an alarm for when to clock out can help a lot. That alarm tells you that it’s time to go hang out with your friends and family, to give yourself a break, and to get recharged for the next day.
REMIND YOURSELF THAT A FRESH MIND MAKES BETTER DECISIONS
If you don’t quit working and give yourself a break, you’re going to get burnt out. Remember, you’re not going to solve all of your business’ problems in a day, and continuing to bang your head against the wall will just frustrate you and your family. So go spend some recreational time with them and let yourself relax a little. Then you’ll come back with a fresh set of eyes the next day and you’ll be a lot more likely to come up with the best solution.
If you have a problem clocking out and shutting down for the day, follow these tips. They’ve definitely helped over the years.