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?
When working in business development you need to strike a balance between what you can do now and what you may have to put on hold for now. You need to spend time working on what your company is technologically able to do as well as work on developing where you want your company to go.
This is not an easy task. There is a strong desire to spend more of your time on the exciting, upcoming, and new opportunities. This can lead to ignoring all the great things you can do right now with your product. You need to consciously remind yourself about immediate opportunities to help your company grow.
Bottom line: Make sure to have your eye on the prize (the end game- the future) but don’t forgot about the here and now.