I’d say over the last few years I’ve had a great work-life balance. I made time for friends and family and it was great. This year, hmm.. not so much. I can count on one hand the number of times I have left my house for non-work related activities. The tell-tail sign is usually how long my contact lens back last for. Last year I’d get through about one a month, this year I haven’t been able to finish even one box (that’s 3 months- Yikes).
Everyone goes on about how important it is to have a balance, but I’m starting to realise when you’re building a business, that’s a luxury that you have to be willing to let go of. I tried to have it all over the last few years and frankly I was miserable. Now that I am concentrating on one thing – business, I feel alive again.
This could also have something to do with the fact that I’m an introvert by nature, but the fact of the matter trying to have it all from the start might not be realistic. They say “an entrepreneur lives like most people won’t for a few years, so that they can live like most be can’t for the rest of their lives.” I’m finding that to be case at least in my situation. One day I’ll have the luxury of a work-life balance, or even better I might not even have to work if I do this right, but until then, I’m ok with not having it all right now.
What do you think? Is a work-life balance realistic when starting a business?