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Work, sleep, family, fitness, friends -pick three?

Hey gang. I was interviewed this week about starting Storenvy and ultimately finding work-life balance. I believe you have to pick 3 as a founder -Work, sleep, family, fitness, friends. Do you agree and how do you choose?

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Ray CHOW-TOUN
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Ray CHOW-TOUN Entrepreneur
project lead & co-founder at CartePlay
if you manage to have friends at work and do some sport with family or alternatively try to set up a family business ;-)
Rob La Gesse
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Rob La Gesse Advisor
VP, Global Social Strategy at Rackspace, the #1 managed cloud company
I think you left out perhaps the most important piece - self. If you don't carve out time for self, I think everything else suffers. Including self.
Jatinder Singh
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Jatinder Singh Entrepreneur
Consultant - Retail Industry Leadership at Slalom Consulting
Top priority: work, family, sleep
Hopefully when things are lined up you can start focusing on Self, Fitness, and Friends.

I dont think you ever really give up on any of these, just that the time you spend on the bottom three is way too small to be ideal.

Peter Johnston
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Businesses are composed of pixels, bytes & atoms. All 3 change constantly. I make that change +ve.
"In the 20th century, you scaled a business by adding people. Now you scale a business by adding data" Erik Brynolfsson.

If you are working long hours, you have made a mistake in the way you have set the company up. Let the systems do the heavy lifting.

What - you have no systems?... There's the problem.
Aiborlang Andrew Chyne
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Aiborlang Andrew Chyne Entrepreneur
Bass Guitarist at Klevoans
Sleep, family and friends would be the right choice. Sleep is the result of peace of mind. As long as you are relaxed and having a good time with your friends and family, your work would be automatically productive. It's the happiness and passion that drives you to move on in life against all odds.
Justin Adelson
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Justin Adelson Entrepreneur
Director of Marketing at Language and Learning Centers of America
You forgot golf.

In my opinion, the two things that do not correlate to each other is friends and fitness. It isn't that those two things are not important, but they can be placed on the back-burner for a short period.

If you have a family then you need to work to support them. Speaking for myself, if I do not get good sleep, I am less productive at work and the lack of sleep has an effect on my attitude. And now that I have two kids (4.5 yrs and 10 weeks) I need energy to give them the attention they need and to stay calm when they are cranky.

For me: sleep, work, and family (and golf).


Jessica Magoch
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Jessica Magoch Entrepreneur
Sales doesn't have to be a dirty word. Get more clients without being icky, sleazy, or just plain annoying.
Interesting concept..
I think no matter what you will achieve your priorities. If you value work above everything else, then, yes, you have to "give things up." But if you master being able to organize and automate your business, and only do CEO tasks, your business will energize you. Time can be stretched and manipulated so you can do all the things that fill you up. For me, I couldn't be great at work without all the other things you listed.
Karl Schulmeisters
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Karl Schulmeisters Entrepreneur
CTO ClearRoadmap
Pick Three???!!???

Pick TWO.
Gwen Farrell
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Gwen Farrell Advisor
Certified Business Performance Advisor at Insperity; Business Developer; Revenue Generation; Employee Productivity

I just read the attached blog on this subject which helps to frame the question a bit differently. If I had to choose it would be work, family and sleep. Ultimately life is much easier and more productive if your family is on-board with your work schedule!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/looking-worklife-balance-forget-yoshito-hori
Michael McNeal
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Michael McNeal Entrepreneur
Digital marketer, strategist & analyst
I don't believe these are all mutually exclusive and limited, but rather it's an equation that can vary per person per day. There are times when each of these may be the priority to keep overall and long term balance. For myself, there are times that physical exercise (fitness) is something that I do for my mental health to clear my mind and it often gives me new perspective and energy for something I am dealing with mentally (work, family, etc.). If you are founding a company, you should be able to explain to your friends what you are working on such that they can understand your passion and dedication to the task(s) at hand - a skill useful with others as well - and they should understand that for some foreseeable future this will be a priority for you (possibly / likely at the expense of spending time with them). Family is equally important for yourself as well as for them, and it's important to be able to view it in the proper perspective and often it can't (and shouldn't) be only "scheduled" time. There are times doing something spontaneous or unplanned with a significant other / children / family can yield immeasurable returns and memories. I have found that all of the factors when balanced over the long term, while not guaranteeing business success (since nothing can), it will give you a solid foundation to build each.
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