Starting your own business can throw a wrench in your work/life balance. If you’re not careful, the relentless focus on work can deteriorate your home life and personal relationships. Scott Weiss, parter at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, writes about how he was a jerk during his CEO years and what he learned. “While I was focused, motivating, articulate, and decisive at work, I was inconsiderate, preoccupied, self-centered, and lazy at home,” he says noting that when he got home he just wanted to veg out and watch TV. He then outlines a few adjustments that helped him restore the sanity.

One idea: treat personal engagements as more sacred than work ones and put them on the calendar as if they were any other meeting:

Planning and Priorities. My wife and I have a weekly date night. My son and I are in a fantasy football league together. I cook with my daughters. Most times these have become immovable appointments on my calendar. There is a phrase—“truth in calendaring”—if something is important, then you must carve out time in your life to do it. When my calendar reflects that I can’t do a meeting on Wednesday and Friday mornings before 9am, because I cook breakfast and drive a carpool, then it’s amazing how meetings just don’t get scheduled. If at all possible, living physically close to the office is also a huge help to juggling the priorities. It means that I can cut out for a family dinner and then go back to the office or have a late meeting afterwards.

Read the rest of his post here.

  • LittleOddsandPieces

    This is a solution to workaholism par excellence.

    Work / Life Balance is the fact we do not live to work, but work to live.

    Overwork is too easy with the greatest slave driv4er of all, yourself in self employment. Stress injury will make your income crash when you are unable to work from burnout for days, weeks, months or even years.

    Prevention is far better than cure.

    Always-Elysium Co UK

    • niki


    • williamfoote

      Totally agree! Very well said.
      I just reread for probably the fifth time the book “E-Myth
      Revisited” by Michael Gerber. While written in a very simplistic (almost
      annoyingly so) manner, the lessons within have taught me more about myself and
      the constraints that reside within a small business (and for the founder of the
      small business) than just about any other book I’ve read.
      A major the book is making is that: “Your business is not your life” (quote from
      the book). It took me about three readings to figure this out. Business
      owners, myself included, tend to think working 16 hours a day is in some weird
      way noble or a “rite of passage”. Over any extended period, it is more
      akin to suicide. There’s nothing
      glamorous about working in your business until you fall over.
      I wish to heck I would have known more of this 18 years ago when I started my first business straight out of college and to this day have a tough time figuring this out.

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