It’s very hard to balance personal and professional goals at startups. I have a myriad of things I’d like to accomplish in my life. Some are personal, others professional. At times they cross over and at times they are at odds.
While I don’t have all the answers to balancing your personal and professional goals, I do have one tip.
That tip is, keep a list. Divide items by personal and professional. Try to cross things off as often as you can. Some are short term goals, others are long term. For example, at Aviary, I really wanted to meet as many people as I could in venture capital, tech press, and BD world. I wanted to leverage my situation of being at a venture-backed startup to grow my network. I definitely met a lot of people and at some point I crossed it off my list.
How do you go about balancing personal and professional goals?
For my first few jobs out of school I had very specific goals I wanted to attain. For example, at Aviary I really wanted to learn how to get press, meet investors, pitch and close, build a product, scale a product, and more (on top of my daily job responsibilities). In fact, I kept a Google Doc listing all my goals and crossed them out as I reached them.
Setting goals has always helped me. I like to-do lists and the satisfaction of crossing out accomplishments. It also helps me gather my thoughts on the task(s) at hand.
This post isn’t meant to teach something new, but rather to remind you that putting thought to personal and professional goals is pretty important. If you are in a job right now (or not) and don’t have a list of all the things you want to accomplish, you are doing it wrong.