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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to take care of yourself when you are not feeling 100%. They look at how to give yourself time to rejuvenate and recharge your batteries so that you can work optimally and get more done.

When you have a heavy workload and find that you get sick or have other life challenges, sometimes it can be hard to decide to take a break to recover. But being overworked can create physical symptoms, taking some time to recharge is an essential factor in our health and well-being.

If you are feeling under the weather, then your work will be impaired leaving you with an outcome that is disappointing and unsatisfactory. Taking breaks and time off has a considerable impact on our personal and professional productivity. Ensuring the quality of our work remains high, and our relationships with our team remain strong.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Startup Chat to learn about the importance of taking care of yourself and your team. How to take care of yourself and maintain optimal outputs when you are working. As well as Steli and Hiten’s advice for seeing the big picture when it comes to the balance between work and well-being.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:27 Personal challenges in the workplace.

01:34 A common theme with personal struggle.  

02:42 How to deal with personal struggle.

04:18 What is the company perspective?.

04:40 Mistakes to avoid if you have a life challenge.

05:20 How to support your team to take the time they need.

07:00 The disadvantages of being too hard on yourself.

07:18 The responsibility of managers and owners.

08:55 The importance of honesty.

09:30  Steli and Hiten’s top tips.

3 Key Points:

Making sure that you are communicating, is a crucial skill to avoid struggling in the workplace.

It is imperative that you take care of yourself and your family first.

It's vital for you to protect your employees to allow them to recover and regain their focus and energy.



Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.



Hiten  Shah: And this is Hiten Shah, and today on The Startup Chat we're gonna talk about this concept where, or this idea where ... How do you deal with things that happen in your personal life that are debilitating to some extent or that really cause you to have to focus on it, maybe in some ways cause you to really have to put a lot of your energy towards your family or your personal life compared to your work? And what do you do about it?



Steli Efti: Yeah, the reason why we wanted to talk about that was that just recently I had a number of people, both on my team but also friends, going through personal challenges, right? Somebody's father dying. It just started. A new team member, works with us for a month or so and then his dad passes away. And so that is obviously a super dramatic, personal life event that affects work as well. But also people with less traumatic things happening to them of, just like moving and how interruptive that can be to life and therefore also to work. The common theme that I saw in many of these situations was, most of the advice and most of the work and energy I had to invest in those people was all about giving them permission to deal with life and be okay with the fact that work will have to take a step back for a little bit. Just telling people, "Hey, it's okay. Take care of yourself, take care of your family. Work will still be here in two weeks, in three weeks. It's okay if you're not on your "A" game." Seeing how much people struggle with giving even themselves permission to be out of balance at times, to be struggling. We're all gonna go through phases where we struggle, but how you deal with that struggle, if you're giving yourself permission and if you deal with it with forgiv...

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