5 Habits to Build a Stronger Business and a More Balanced Life

Do these five things every day to set yourself — and your company — up for success.

For founders, that starts with prioritizing time management, networking and leading their teams. Small but mighty, these habits form the foundation of your success.

All founders can fall into the trap of wanting to succeed more than anything else. But trying to do it all will lead to burnout. In order to ensure you have the time you need to do your most impactful work, you must be ruthless with your schedule.

There's so much truth to the idea of loving yourself first — it allows everything else to fall in place. The minute you start putting everybody else before yourself, you dig yourself into a really dark hole that can be hard to get out of. Love yourself enough to find out what things you need to put first for you — that aren't related to your business. Maybe that's waking up and meditating, going to the gym or taking a long walk. Whatever it is, the first thing you do each morning should be something that will get you into a positive mindset and ready to attack the day.

Networking is another essential habit — it opens doors, offers new ideas and inspires. Some people, of course, are much better at it than others. For years, I would go to three to four networking events a week, if not more, and when I got home, I'd feel absolutely drained. I've had to learn how to make networking more conversational and figure out how to be myself instead of trying to be someone that I'm not. Now, I'm far more intentional about what events I attend, and I always have a clear idea of three things: why I'm going, who I want to connect with and what points I want to speak to.

I also make goal-setting a habit. I don't get fancy about it; I just write down the four big things I'm aiming to accomplish in the next six months with my team, for example. Then I tell people about them. Going public with your goals means you can be publicly held accountable, so don't be afraid to showcase yours. It will keep you honest and motivated to figure out how you're going to accomplish those things.

It's also important to revisit your goals, whether they're daily ones on your to-do list or big-picture goals that might take months to achieve. Circumstances change, and you may end up having to reprioritize. And that's okay — goals are a navigational tool. They keep me on the right path and give me the ability to understand my purpose, because I always revert back to asking "why am I doing this again?"