Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dealing with Startup Stress: How To Sleep at Night

Founding a startup is quick way to develop insomnia. You often lie in bed at night obsessing over the things you didn't accomplish. I beat myself up for not getting more accomplished in a day. When you running a startup it feels like there's a million things to do and none of them get done. You feel like Sisyphus most of the time, pushing a rock up the hill only to have it roll back down.

A good friend of mine gave me this advice, "You only need two small victories a day. "

I'm sure he stole it from somewhere, but nonetheless, I think it's good advice. So whenever I start freaking out, I get out of bed. I get my notebook. And I write down the two small victories I had that day. It lets me realize that I did get something done that day and I can relax until tomorrow.

After that, I can usually fall asleep pretty easily, even though I know that rock is waiting for me at the bottom of that hill.