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    • How to run a startup without losing your mind By Eva Schweber, Chief Cat Herder at CubeSpace
    • Running a business is like parenting—it is a 24/7 occupation. And parents can be pretty darn miserable if they never have an opportunity to be adults in their own right.
    • So here are some hard-earned thoughts on forcing a separation between work and life when there is no end to your work day.
    • Take a day off. This means a 12 hour period where you do not answer business calls, respond to business emails or surf websites related to your line of work.
    • Yes, it will be hard at first, but believe me, it is worth it.
    • Create a physical separation between work space and home space. If you work from home, that means setting work hours and putting your office in a room that is used for nothing else with a door that closes. Or, find a workspace outside of your home. Portland has lots of options.
    • You will find that you will work more effectively if you have designated work times and designated personal/family time.
    • This will also alleviate the guilt of giving partial attention to your work, kids, pets and/or long-suffering partner.
    • Reward yourself for doing icky things. We all have things that we must do that we detest with a passion. Figure out what motivates you (this can be almost anything, but the important thing is that you consider it a reward).
    • Do the icky thing, then give yourself a pellet. It will make you feel better.
    • Your friends may not understand how you are feeling So find another startup owner who can feel your pain
    • And try to find time to commiserate together
    • Remember that you are a person first. There are some days when you try and try and try and try and nothing works.
    • Take that as a sign, from whatever deity you believe in, that it is a day to play hooky.
    • It will all be better later and you will feel human again.
    • Many of us are capable of working till we drop, and then starting all over again the next day. Take time to wind-down before bed.
    • Make it a practice to stop working 30 minutes before you are likely to be rendered incapable of coherent thought and take that time to do something relaxing. Drink chamomile tea, read a novel, knit, or take a bath. It doesn’t matter.
    • This will help reduce (there is no way to eliminate) those last lingering “oh, I meant to…” thoughts before going to bed.
    • This may all seem glaringly obvious
    • But, it can be easy to lose And if you aren’t careful, you will end up losing your mind