Now that it's February, we think it's pretty safe to assume you've given up on most of your New Years resolutions. Sure, you did pretty well for the first couple of weeks, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything on your list. Starting your own business is exhilarating, but the one thing we always wish we had is more time. When you're spending hours on end in front of your computer and running from press opportunities to investor meetings, there's hardly room on your plate for anything outside of work. But a new year means taking a new approach, and now that we're a month into this one, it's time to refocus and recommit to those resolutions.
The key to staying healthy this year is finding balance in your life. The startup life is a busy one, and it's important to find at least a little personal time to keep you sane. Try to carve out just 30 minutes first thing in the morning or during lunch to get some exercise. See if there's a CrossFit or SoulCycle near you and head over for a short but effective workout; it will provide those must-needed endorphins to boost your mood and help you blow off some steam during a stressful workday. Better eating habits are also a key factor in staying healthy. We know it's just so easy to get delivery from that Thai place around the corner, but try packing a lunch a few days a week. Preparing your own food will help you survive on a startup budget. No time to wash and cut those veggies? We are obsessed with the vitamin-enriched juices from Blue Print Cleanse.
Another important resolution to hold on to -- strategize your savings. It can be tough to look the part while balancing your checkbook. As founders of a fashion-technology company, we do our best to stay on trend. Instead of spending all of your money on designer attire, try mixing your wardrobe with highs and lows. Check out Forever 21 or Zara for more affordable pieces that will keep your look current, and only splurge on those timeless pieces that will provide you with endless wear. Our team of sale gurus know exactly when and where we can get the best bang for our buck (perks of the job!) and with Hukkster, you too can track your favorite products and get notified when they go on sale, so you're shopping smart all year round.
Time flies, but commit to keeping yourself and your team motivated this year by taking the initiatives to set milestones and reflect on your accomplishments. It's easy to set those far reaching goals, but remember, every win is worth celebrating (even the small ones). It's about the journey, not the destination so take some time to enjoy the scenery especially when you're tackling new challenges or embarking on a new career. Plan a nice dinner with your team or treat yourself to a manicure to remind yourself and your colleagues that your hard work is paying off. Also keep a journal highlighting these accomplishments -- it's always fun to reflect on your year's highlights and know that those long hours at the office or time spent learning a new skill weren't all for nothing. Acknowledging your successes will inspire you to stay positive and remain focused on the path ahead.
We know you're busy, but that's no excuse for throwing in the towel on your New Year's Resolutions! Making these little changes will make a huge difference in how you feel. If you make the effort to take care of yourself, organize your spending and celebrate your successes, you're sure to walk through 2013 a little happier and a little richer, which is definitely worth celebrating!
Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell are the co-founders of online shopping concierge, Hukkster, which alerts shoppers when their favorite styles go on sale.