Should Startup Founders Take Weekends Off?

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The job of a startup founder is not an easy one. There are a lot of ups and downs to deal with, but ultimately, it’s all worth it when you see your company start to gain traction and see your idea go from being just an idea to being a business.

For the vast majority of startups, this is their life’s work, and they do everything they can to make sure their companies succeed. In many cases, the only way to achieve success is through hard work and dedication.

But what about those rare startups that can thrive without founders working 24/7? What about the ones that do not require the same level of dedication?

There are some startups that do not require the same level of dedication as others. The truth is, there are some startups that can succeed without their founders working around the clock.

Startup founders often have to work very long hours, but the question is, are they working too hard? What about those founders who work 40–50 hours a week, and then go home and play video games for another two hours?

We’ve all seen those people on social media who work hard and barely take a break. While working hard equals success, it is important to find the right balance between work and rest.

As startups grow, the founders need to find the right balance between work and rest. This is especially true for startups that are growing quickly. While it’s important to work hard, founders should also find time to relax and spend time with their families.

With that being said, there are many benefits to taking weekends off. These benefits include:

  1. Getting away from your desk will make you more productive in the long run;
  2. You will feel more refreshed and focused;
  3. You will be able to come back even stronger after your break.

This is why many startups are moving towards flexible work schedules. It’s also why more and more startups are having their founders take time off every week.

It’s important to note that taking time off will not make you lazy. If anything, it will help you to come back even stronger. This is because you will be able to recharge your batteries and have the energy to focus on your work again.

It’s also important to note that there are many people who have worked long hours for many years, and they are still very productive.

So what should startup founders do? How much time should they spend working? And how much time should they spend relaxing?

The answer to these questions lies in the difference between workaholics and non-workaholics.

Workaholics, Burnout, and How to Avoid It

The difference between a workaholic and a non-workaholic lies in the fact that the workaholic puts in a lot of hours and a lot of effort into their work. In some cases, this is a good thing, but most of the time, it’s not.

The workaholic may have been able to accomplish a lot in their career because they worked long hours. But if they work too much, they could become burned out and lose motivation to continue working hard.

In other words, if you are a workaholic, you need to find ways to slow down and have some balance in your life.

The best way to do this is by taking time off from work. Take breaks from your work on a regular basis so that you can recharge your batteries.

It’s important to note that, while taking time off will help you come back even stronger after your break, it’s also important that you don’t take too much time off because then you will become unmotivated again.

How Much Time Should Founders Spend Working?

A good rule of thumb is to work as much as you can, but know your limit. For example, if you can work for 10 hours straight, then you should know that your limit is between 10 and 11 hours.

If you know your limit, then you will be able to work as much as you want, but still have a good work-life balance. If you don’t know your limit, then it’s important to know what your true limit is so that you can stay focused on the things that are most important to you. This will help you to work smarter and avoid burnout.

Final Thoughts

There are many benefits to taking time off from work. While it’s important to work hard, it’s also important to find the right balance between work and rest.

It’s important to note that, while taking time off will help you come back even stronger after your break, it’s also important that you don’t take too much time off because then you will become unmotivated again.

About the Author

I hope that my post has helped you know more about Startups. Feel free to leave a comment and tag me and I will answer them. Follow my profile to get the latest content I post to stay ahead of the curve.

I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces, and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.

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Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.

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Alexander Lim

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Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.

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