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How can you, as an entrepreneur, find a balance between work and private life?

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Ryan Lucia, founder of Such n Such media & Aaron overhead doors. Ryan is an entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host and consultant.

“Is the work-life balance realistic?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs ask me. You may have a spouse, children, hobbies, etc., but you are also likely experiencing busy business seasons that require flexibility for you and your affiliates. How can you run a successful business and be a devoted husband, parent and friend at the same time?

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The key is not to feel guilty about the lack of balance in terms of time division. You’re not always in control of your workload or to-do list, but you can be intentional and proactive in taking time off work. Some tips:

• Put personal and family time on your calendar and communicate it to everyone before taking that time off. Put away phones and computers during this time.

• Try the Pocket Quarter strategy. Start the day with two quarters in your left pocket, and every time you do something out of the ordinary for your spouse or kids, move a quarter to your right pocket. The goal is to have both quarters in your right pocket by the end of the day.

• Consider hiring more help, such as a personal assistant. One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring a virtual assistant. This gave me hours back every day. Instead of being an email admin, I became a proactive leader.

• It’s okay to have a long lunch! This is a great opportunity to go to your child’s school and eat with them or invite a friend to join them.

How I came up with this for myself

I devoted myself to my work from an early age, which cost me many relationships. However, through my career transitions and long days, my goal has always been to get married and have children. This set me on a journey to find financial success and develop healthy relationships.

In my mid-thirties I was a sales director for a software company and I decided to take the plunge and start my own company. My ultimate goal has always been to build something of value that can be sold or passed on. By this time I was married for the second time and had two children. But I worked 12 to 15 hours a day on my business, leaving me little time to spend with my growing family.

My daily routine left me feeling stuck because each day started with more work than I could ever do. This stress caused my relationships and health to suffer because I didn’t have the energy for quality time, eating better and exercising. My businesses prospered financially, but everything else suffered. I had to figure out how to take more control of my life.

Then I had a revelation: true balance does not necessarily mean that everything exists in equal proportions. This changed everything for me. I no longer felt defeated for not spending the same ten hours with my family as I did at work. I realized that it’s about making sure that the time you spend is meaningful to your family. My wife felt appreciated when I spent 30 minutes with her, talking and listening without distraction. My kids loved going to Top Golf and throwing the ball for an hour.

In addition to finding the time balance that worked for my family and career, I also learned to value communication. We all know there are seasons when we are busier than others, but you have to stay in active dialogue. Now I communicate with my family when I’m in a busy season so they understand that I might be late coming home or that I’ll be coming to my son’s baseball game in the second inning instead of the first. During busy seasons when you only have a few hours a day, it’s important to stay conscious and not get distracted from the precious time you’re setting aside for your family.

A learning process

Even after going through this profound mind shift, I didn’t always get it right. I often came home tired and exhausted, mentally and physically. Finding the right balance is a learning process and in these times you have to give yourself grace. It’s also important to have a friend or spouse who is willing to call you if you’re not carrying your weight in the relationship when it comes to commitment and quality time.

Let’s face it: we are all more effective when we have healthy personal lives. That’s why work-life balance is an issue that so many people struggle with. I hope these tips can help you find balance in your own life. Business Council is the leading growth and networking organization for entrepreneurs and leaders. Am I eligible?

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