How To Avoid The Startup Weekend Burnout


Let’s face it. Building a business in 54 hours is tough. Yes, there will be food, and teamwork, and a communal sense of creative superpowers at this year’s Okanagan Startup Weekend. But there will also be late nights, code that hides bugs and business plans that need constant tinkering. There is a lot going on in a Startup Weekend, and you won’t want to miss a thing!!

So, how do you stay at the top of your game and ensure you don’t burn out in this 54 hour marathon of entrepreneurial prowess? Not a problem. I’ve got a few suggestions for you:

1. Drink plenty of water

Yes, the availability of beer at Okanagan Startup Weekend has become the stuff of legend. And there are some that will argue that they never wrote better code than when they were on their third free beer. But the experts, and common sense, say otherwise. !

To stay on the top of your game, alert and a potential game winner, you’ll need to follow that beer with a water chaser. Water is the true liquid of choice for this game. Stay hydrated with good ol’ water and who knows, perhaps your best ideas will come to you while heading to the washroom.

2. Take a walk

Speaking of heading to the bathroom, getting up to stretch out those legs does wonders for fighting off the burnout. Every 90 minutes, push away from the computer screen for a few minutes, stand up and walk around. Get the blood flowing and the work out that tight spot between your shoulders.

At least once during the day go for a 20 minute walk outside. The fresh Okanagan air will re-energize, and your brain will be more stimulated and ready for work when you get back. Don’t believe me? Would science lie to you?

3. Power nap

For those of you not familiar with the fine art of napping, this weekend will be the perfect time to get acquainted. Sleep can be in short supply when building a business that will dominate, so grab some quality Zs when you can.!

To grab a true power nap, find a nice quiet spot and settle in for 15 to 30 minutes. Anything longer could run you the risk of experiencing “sleep inertia” – that terrible lethargy that can happen if you sleep too long. And since the whole point of the nap is to avoid burnout and lethargy, catching an hour long snooze is not going to do you any favours. Keep your naps short and powerful.

4. Have fun

This is the most important tip of them all. This is a fun event! Yes, there’s a lot of heads-down time, but there is also a lot of ball pit time, Nerf guns, and general tom-foolery. The fun times are what make Startup Weekend the crazy, inspiring, memorable event that it is! So don’t miss out

In a few short hours you will be a part of another amazing Startup Weekend event! Those Fifty-four hours will fly by fast. Let’s make the most of them!