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A student entrepreneur shows how you can maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.
By: Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Daniel Lev Goldberg, a student at Syracuse University, is the co-founder and COO of Diamond MMA. Daniel has competed in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a competition run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), which supports student entrepreneurs and takes their businesses to the next level through mentorship, recognition, and networking.
Being a student entrepreneur is not easy. Towards the end of my junior year, I actually had a bit of a breakdown. I was just about to get to work when I began to have an anxiety attack and felt I could not breathe. It was no surprise that nothing was actually wrong with me–I was just stressed out.
I knew I needed to make some serious changes going forward. I changed up my routine drastically and by doing so, I feel more awake, alert, and sharper than ever. In fact, this is by far the best year for my business. Here’s what I discovered:
- Know how much sleep you need.It is important to get the sleep you need each day so you can be super sharp when upon waking up. If you need 10 hours of sleep, take it. Studies have shown that individuals who are well rested will always perform better than individuals who are exhausted.
- It’s not how much you work, but how effective you are. When I go to work, I stick to my plan, send the emails I need to send, make the calls I need to make and get on to the next task. It’s about being effective with the limited hours we have each day.
- Meditate and work out daily. This year, I began working out every morning. Working out first thing in the morning helps wake my body and mind up and gets me ready for a busy day. Also, meditating for just five minutes helps me to clear my mind, and envision where I want to be down the road.
- Schedule your day the night before. Before I go to sleep, I know when I will wake up, what meetings I have, the work I need to accomplish the next day, and even when I will grab lunch and dinner. This has really helped me not waste time or get distracted. It keeps me very focused on accomplishing everything ahead.
- Take time off. When you are feeling burnt out, don’t be scared to take some time off. I set out a few hours or even one day each week to just hang out with friends and catch up with family. This day of rest keeps me refreshed for the busy week ahead.
- Sacrifice when it counts. You may have a big business competition and a big test coming up the same week. I always put business first as I know down the road it has the bigger reward and impact. Ultimately, sacrifices will have to be made. Just know what you are willing to give up.
It can be extremely hard to balance personal time, schoolwork, a social life, and a business. More than anything, taking care of yourself is the most important priority. Your health and your mind are your biggest assets. Make sure you sleep well, eat right, and get enough rest because without your well-being, you will never be able to achieve anything.