Me and my wife have spent the last 2.5 years building our startup, only taking a couple of weeks off.
In the beginning, we were sure of ourselves and had clear goals. In our minds, taking breaks would only delay our success.
But after 1.5 years, our goals and previsions didn't happen. We realized that we didn't know how to reach success and that we would have to trial and error a lot, maybe for years. 😣
That's when we should have started taking more breaks.
But we just kept going, getting more and more anxious as we saw that the finish line wasn't getting any closer.
As a result, we spent the last 3 months burned out. We could hardly get anything done and took questionnable decisions because of this. It only increased our anxiety. 😩
Last week, after 2.5 years, our energy levels had gotten so low that we had no alternative but to take some time off.
So we dropped everything and rented a place in a beautiful village in Normandy.
For a week, we slept till noon and didn't work on our startup at all. We just went to the beach and to the restaurant, and it was amazing 😍
Now we're back, full of energy and ideas to make our project successful. But since it might still take a long time, we'll make sure to take another break in the next couple of months.
Lesson is: it's okay to not take breaks when you're running a sprint. But startups are a marathon, so make sure you recharge regularly if you want to go the distance.