Originally published December 8, 2017 , updated on September 22, 2021

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I’ve learned a lot from building up my own startup to succeed. I remember being pulled in every direction. The trick is to get your priorities in line, which isn’t always easy to achieve. There are three steps you can take to begin the process of reclaiming your time:

1. Pointless Meetings

You’ll find a growing number of meeting invitations sneaking into your inbox. Trust me, trying to attend them all is only going to burn you out. Losing momentum because you’re distracted isn’t healthy for your startup. You also need to make sure the meetings you do attend are productive. A clear agenda, an effective leader, and follow ups are good signs. Learn to value your own time and prioritize every day.

2. Product Focus Helps You Succeed

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Your whole business exists because of your products. Staying focused on your product every step of the way will ensure your priorities improve. Every decision should be based on the product. Also, on how it is experienced by the client. You should check and place every change under strict quality control. Engage with your production process.

3. Failure Works

Embracing failure is becoming more common, and it’s fantastic if you want to succeed. It’s incredibly important to balance ambition with humility, but never fear failing. You’ll learn a huge amount with every setback you face. The best way to deal with failure is to use what you’ve learned and quickly change your approach. So take note of the results and constantly adapt in line with your findings. It takes time to find your voice and you’ll get it wrong many times. It’s how you deal with it that counts.