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Working on Sundays too?

Building a successful startup doesn't come easy. It requires hard work, dedication and consistency. And while it's true that most people don't think of working on a startup on weekends, if you're serious about launching a successful company, you must even work on Sundays.

The truth is that there are so many tasks that need to be done in order to have a startup off the ground.

From creating a business plan and working on a prototype to marketing strategies, legal details and customer service: the list can seem overwhelming. And with the weekend being the only time away from work for many people out there, it's natural for them to think of taking a break and giving their projects a rest.

But this is far from ideal. With only two days off in a week, it can be hard to juggle all the tasks that need to be completed and still have enough time for rest and relaxation.

That's why taking advantage of the time you have by working diligently even on Sundays can be the key. By showing consistency and having a plan on Sundays as well as any other day of the week, you will be able to get your startup off the ground and achieve the success you've always dreamed of.

So don't let the weekend be just a time of rest. Make Sundays count and take the opportunity to give your business the time and care it needs to succeed.

Don't make me wrong. I also spend a lot of time with my family and friends. Just force my self to make a further effort.

You? Sunday team too?

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    Weekends are the perfect (and perhaps the only?) time to work on side projects. Whenever possible, I always work on weekends, sometimes more, sometimes less. Consistency is key.

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      Consistency is key!!!

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    Yes sometimes i also work a bit on sunday. support or some cool new stuff to program. nothing I don't like since its sunday

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      Nothing we don't like, of course!

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    Working Sundays is nuts to me.

    Completely defeating the purpose of starting a lifestyle business.

    Which, in my opinion, should be the case for the vast majority of indie hackers.

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      It's a matter of taste at the end. Thanks for sharing!

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    Many founders just can't get away from their beloved projects, not even on weekends, but it doesn't mean you must work on Sundays... I disagree, Gary.

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      At all. I didn't say you 'must'. I'm just putting this topic on the table. Absolutely open to discussion! Thanks for answering anyway

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    This is excellent advice for anyone looking to make their business dreams become a reality, germerlo.

    You have given us a great reminder that commitment and dedication are what make a successful startup.

    Well done!

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    Absolutely!
    Especially when working on new stuff.

    Part of it is to get the thing done asap and part is just passion & eagerness to see it live asap.

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      New stuff requires a further effort. Agree!

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    I've wavered between focusing 100% on family during weekends, or working 2-3 hours Sat and Sunday.

    Really it just depends on if I wake up early or not.

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      That makes a lot of sense Harold! I'm probably on that

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    It's important to strike a balance between business and personal life, but I also think that Sundays can be very beneficial for concentrated effort. The key is striking a balance while pursuing our deeply held objectives. 🚀

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      Of course Prem, let's strike that balance!

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    Saturdays. Sundays. 5 am on the weekdays. Last thing on the weekdays... The way I stay sane is that I approach it like a marathon and not a sprint. Some days are heavy work days. Some days are marketing and light bug fixes. When I can't code anymore (like right now), I hop on here and read some posts and comment. I try to feel the flow of my energies and within reason I try to stick to that because if I get burned out, I'm done.

    The one rule I have is: No Zero Percent Days.

    I need to work every single day, but I don't need to work all day.
    Pizza. Rest. Exercise. Family. Fun. Work.

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      The one rule I have is: No Zero Percent Days.

      The way I read it, that's "No One Hundred Percent of 'Just Living' Days."

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        Honestly, that is a very fair assessment. There is a real price that we pay for this. We trade our limited human life in the pursuit of something more. Is it vanity? Maybe. Envy? Maybe we just want a chance to do more than we're doing or contribute more. Regardless we trade our real time for an idea.

        Is that worth the price of no just living days? Depends. If you win, you're a genius. If you lose, you're a fool and a dreamer.

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      Exactly --> "No Zero Percent Days" Thanks!!!

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    Love your perspective on not confining work to a traditional schedule. I too find myself working on Sundays, not because I have to, but because it's a part of my life I enjoy. Balancing it with family is important, and I think it’s all about finding what works for you.

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      Exactly! Part of our life. Thanks for sharing!

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    I don't look it as work, just enjoy doing it instead of endless browsing the web.

    Weekends are usually for light work, zero pressure. If I find myself tires just go and get a quick nap. And come back to do some more work.

    Make it with light tasks

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      Absolutely. I also enjoy doing it but I'm aware of it's a further gap! Thanks Arthur!

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    Hello Sunday team!

    As a founder you're "always on", there's always time to do work and always something to do. I find myself falling into the "well, if I don't have plans I might as well get some work done to get a head start on the week."

    Speaking of which, I should probably get back to the prep-work I was squeezing in for my client calls this week and spend a bit less time browsing the latest posts on Indiehackers.

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      Always on! Thanks team mate =)

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    Most people don't think of working on the weekends, and for good reason. But when you're serious about launching a successful company, you'll have to initially push throughout the week in some form. No need to keep ourselves in startup limbo any longer than it needs to be. Work with small tasks, daily, and you'll accelerate quickly. Eventually, the more relaxed schedules can kick in.

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      Thanks Sean! Agree!

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    I work as needed, without being confined to a rigid schedule.

    As an indie hacker, we need to put in more effort than others - it's a defining trait.

    Cheers to those who continue working on Sundays, and best of luck to us all!

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      Make sense Luo! More than others as you said! Thanks for answering!

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    On Sundays, I make sure my laptop gets a deep sleep and I use the day to recharge 😅

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      Also makes sense! Let our laptops rest =)

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    Well... I do have my company as a "background task" running in my brain pretty much at all times (being a parent will add a similar ever-running task to your brain).

    And I do some work on Sundays.

    I still think this is bad advice... It's maybe a bit confusing, but I think you should at least be trying to have your one day off a week, instead of glorifying 7/7 work, which will only burn you out.

    I believe expecting to work every single day will make you feel guilty when you inevitably need a day off. And that is hurtful.

    Sébastien

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      Thanks Sebastien! I also have time off, a lot indeed. Because I know that guilty feeling and I understand the benefits of not being always connected.

      What I mean is to take advantages of slots when/where nobody want to work. Absolutely open to discussion and I really appreciate your point!

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