Launching my blog years ago and building my brand as an influencer has been a lot of work, and for a long time, I was working as my own team. Now that I’ve expanded on that side of things, I was able to launch Summer Fridays last year with my business partner, Lauren, and since we’re still a small brand there’s a lot of hats that the both of us wear as the founders of a startup. Inevitably, there are days where I can feel like I’m getting a little burnt out, but I love what I do and I’ve gotten better at managing such a busy schedule and tackling both blogger life and brand life. For Summer Fridays, our team works out of an office in LA and this is how I try my best to avoid burnout when we’re there planning a new launch, fleshing out our social calendar, brainstorming ideas, etc. I hope this helps you guys out too!
When I’m trying to be productive, there’s nothing that slows me down more than constantly checking my phone notifications. Rather than having push notifications on my phone for my email, I’m sure to turn them off and do a massive check later on and spend more time answering emails productively. This leads me to my
Use a Productivity Cube
You guys have probably seen me use this on my Instagram story before. Productivity cubes are probably one of the easiest ways to track time. They’re customizable, so whether you need ten minutes of time to yourself or an hour, you can easily track that on your cube. I like to use these when I need time to answer emails, update my calendar, brainstorm ideas, etc. It’s a great way for me to avoid procrastination and just get straight to the point and get my tasks done. You can buy a productivity cube here.
Take a Lunch Break
I know this isn’t always possible, but I think that everyone should try to take a lunch break outside of the office at least once a week. In the startup culture, we have the tendency to just eat at our desks so that we can continue working, but in reality, it isn’t always the healthiest mindset to have. It’s nice to get outside and get moving every once in a while, even if it’s just once a week. Convince your team to make it a group activity to ease any work-related stress.
While this may sound like it’s a lot of work, it’s totally not. There are plenty of meditation apps, such as Headspace, that you can download right onto your phone and squeeze in for just three or five minutes of your day. You can do these alone with a pair of headphones, or make it a group activity with your team. Trust me, everyone can benefit from a quick medication.