Lorna Borenstein is a former Legal Counsel at Hewlett Packard who transitioned to the consumer technology industry as an entrepreneur. Over the course of her career, she learned several lessons of how to maintain her health and drive. Here she shares tips for women looking to begin their own businesses, how to maintain a work-life balance, challenges in the workplace and more.
Beginning your own business is a challenge. Most likely the topic of interest is an area where you have a lot of passion. However, there are other things to be mindful of throughout your business journey.
- Keep your health as a top priority. Be sure to eat enough, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
- Go on vacation. Stepping away from daily tasks to just enjoy some free time will leave you with some new energy to get back to the routine once you return. Your absence can also be a positive in terms of spurring individual growth as your team figures out how to excel without you present.
- Have fun with your colleagues and staff. Laughing is an excellent way to foster relationships at work. Making this a priority will in turn boost productivity.
As a busy person with family obligations, it can be a challenge to set aside me-time. Feelings of guilt may have a tendency to arise when being alone due to the number of people asking for your time. Realize that your personal health is key and should come first before doling out your resources to others. There are several methods that can be used in to help yourself personally.
- Exercise or practice yoga every day.
- Sleep for eight hours each night.
- Reserve weekends for family and friends.
Challenges in the Workplace
Lorna points out that even in today’s times, sexism is still an issue. During the time she practiced as a lawyer, it was not uncommon for a client to assume she was an assistant. She would receive requests for coffee and had to politely offer to find someone that would help with that request. This reaction usual resulted in a sense of embarrassment on the client’s side, although each instance was simply a learning experience for Ms. Lorna.
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