One of the things I have to keep reminding myself of as the CEO of ethical fashion startup, is to make time for myself and my family. When you are the CEO of a new startup, you don’t have the same working hours as a lot of people, there’s no contractual 45 hours a week or suchlike. You work as much as you can because you want to see your company succeed. If you work from home like I do a lot of the time, it can be really hard to draw the line between your life and the company’s.
Since starting BODO UK, I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices, in the terms of giving up a lot of time that I would have spent doing things I enjoyed. Whilst I don’t regret any of it for a second, because I am committed to seeing my dream turn into a reality with the success of BODO, I have learnt that it is important to ensure that you maintain some sort of balance and that you make time for yourself too.
Of course it’s highly unlikely that you will have the same amount of free time as someone contracted to a 9-5 job, if you want to succeed, it takes masses of hard work and a lot of that will have to come out of your own time. The trick is to maintain that balance, to make sure you do give some time to your family, friends and loved ones so that they don’t end up resenting you. Just as important is finding the time for yourself, to relax and unwind otherwise you’ll be looking at a burnout and trust me, that really isn’t fun. It’s different for everyone of course, some need more (or differing types) of downtime than others, some will prefer to interject regular downtime into their daily routines, whereas others will prefer to work solidly for long periods of time, juxtaposing these periods with a day or two away from the grindstone. That is down to the individual and it’s finding what works best for you and your company that’s important. If you don’t take this time, your health, happiness and your productivity will suffer, that’s why I’ll implore any new CEO to put every effort into getting that balance right.