Q: What’s something you do to help boost your productivity?
A: The biggest thing I do to boost my productivity is taking care of my health. I know that days when I sleep well, exercise, eat healthy and limit alcohol are infinitely more productive for me.
Q: How do you find work-life balance?
A: Honestly, as an entrepreneur, it can be challenging sometimes.
But I do know that when I give myself time and space to rest, I show up as a better leader and doer in my company. I try to remind myself of this regularly.
I also try to make plans with people or to do activities that I enjoy outside of work (playing tennis, quality time with loved ones, getting outside) and try to listen to my body and take rest when I need it (easier said than done of course!).
Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve received so far?
A: If you’re thinking of launching a new venture, there are three important requirements to satisfy:
1) The venture solves a real problem or pain point for people (ideally that people are willing to pay for/is monetizable).
2) The idea or venture utilizes your unique skills, experience, and talents to succeed.
3) It’s a problem you care about and will be passionate about solving for a long time.
These not only set you up to succeed, but also help to ensure you’ll continue to be energized and enjoy working on your venture long term.
This is something that has been very true of my and my co-founders’ experience of building The GIST. It’s been incredibly rewarding building a business that has a positive social impact and is financially thriving with a group of kickass women.