Every start-up has to navigate how they are going to approach their work. Who will take the lead on certain projects? What hours do they work? Is wearing pajamas okay?
Over the last year, we’ve had to ask ourselves these same questions. Here’s a couple of our own “house rules”:
Weekend Cut-Off - We do our very best to finish up our work by Friday so that weekends are “our” time. We’re sign off our email and social media, so that when we come back on Monday, we’re refreshed and ready to tackle our work with renewed vigor.
Happy Hour can’t start til 3 pm on Friday. (For real though, sometimes it’s a struggle.)
We were friends first and business partners second. So, if we’re hanging out as friends, we don’t talk shop. Sure, we might need to discuss our work schedule for a minute or two, but intentionally focusing on our friendship helps us maintain a balanced relationship.
Always stop for lunch. We like to take a break everyday to step away from the computers, reset the day, touch base with each other, and if we’re being totally honest, watch an episode or two of New Girl.
We understand that we always want the best for and from each other. Whatever the current project may be, we’ll routinely give positive feedback. It’s not about criticism, but rather about asking further questions and pushing each other create our best work.
What should we add to our list?
And for the record, we’ve nixed pajamas as appropriate work attire.