There's a lot of talk these days about "Work/Life Balance" within a startup.
We're supposed to believe that we can build a world-changing startup from nothing while simultaneously traveling to exotic places and enjoying our "best life".
For most of us, that just doesn't add up. What's blowing us up, though, is how we approach the problem.
It can be.
While it sounds amazing to build something from nothing with plenty of time to spare, that's rarely the case. A startup is an all-consuming torrent of time, which means if we let it, it will absolutely take every second we have available.
Those of us that are beating the system are doing it by brute force hacks on life.
Focus on one thing per day.
We screw ourselves when we try to put together a giant list of things to do because collectively the list has no end (and therefore we are never "free"). The only way to free up our time (while actually getting more done) is to isolate our tasks to one per day that must get done.
This provides the justification we need to "call it a day" long enough to enjoy the "life" part of the balance.
Sometimes the balance comes in the form of "Work/Life Blend" where we're finding more ways to incorporate our personal and professional lives together, such as working from home or adjusting our workday hours to sync better with our personal lives.
Remember, it's OUR startup company, so we determine how we want our schedules to operate.
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Wil Schroter is the Founder + CEO @ Startups.com, a startup platform that includes Bizplan, Clarity, Fundable, Launchrock, and Zirtual. He started his first company at age 19 which grew to over $700 million in billings within 5 years (despite his involvement). After that he launched 8 more companies, the last 3 venture backed, to refine his learning of what not to do. He's a seasoned expert at starting companies and a total amateur at everything else.