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i have been contemplating this post for a while, mostly because it is on my mind everyday... this post is a little long so please bear with me on this...
While at Google I/O 12 last this year i had the opportunity to attend a great panel on International start-ups, and there I learned an interesting factoid. The average Marriage in Israel lasts 5.3 years, while the average time to profitability of an Israeli start-up is 6.8 years. So, if I Lived in Israel I would have to be more committed to my Company than my Spouse... not a good position to be in...
I think the at least part of the Stress on Home-life comes from working in a Start-up, and having your name/reputation on the line; so what do you do about it? I would like to offer a few tips that might help balance things a little.
1) Set Work/Home Hours. Setting a schedule and sticking to it is the best way to balance out where you spend your time; be Realistic, choose a schedule that will work. If you have too many requirements on your time, at home or work, the other will suffer without a realistic schedule.
2) Lists, Lists and More lists. I have found keeping an ordered list to significantly improve my productivity. Making it easier to track what needs to be done, and what is already taken care of. Using a good List and calendar can significantly reduce the stress and the proverbial weight on your shoulders.
3) Dating. If you have a spouse, you really should think about your dating activities ... look at it this way; suppose you were single and you were seeing this person you like, but you have not gone out for 2 weeks or a month, would you still be dating that person? Probably not. It isn't really that different with your spouse, it is important to make time for them whether for dates or watching a movie together... or what have you.
4) Crunch time. I feel that the best approach is to work efficiently and at a steady pace from the beginning, thus avoiding the last minute Rush and hurry but, that isn't always possible… sometimes you have to cram a week( or two) worth of work into a weekend... sometimes it is a last minute change or a show-stopping bug, but it happens. When it happens i have found it best to just focus on the current task, not the 40 more hanging over your head. make a checklist and do them one at a time, multitasking is a myth, and should be avoided. i would also like to mention here that after long hours you often reach a point of diminishing returns, it is better to take a break for an hour or two and then resume work.
What do you do to balance home/work/school etc.?
Let us know in the comments below.
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