We All Know It's Hard - Work/Life Balance

I have all the time in the world right now. I am sitting at my desk at home right now because I do not have class until 2:15. And that class is a five minute walk from my apartment. I have all the time in the world. Then why am I up until 1 or 2 AM every night, even on weekends, doing work?

Rand Fishkin wrote a great post on work/life balance that I felt compelled to respond to. I credit him for being so open and honest about both his personal and work life. I don’t know many other professionals that will admit they has a terrible vacation with their wife where they fought often. It’s quite obvious the sense of their discomfort was that he couldn’t let go of work. He’s the CEO of a startup and he is vital to key decisions.

This is what I’m deftly afraid of but am currently walking right into as I start my own company. The work will only continue to build. I think we have a decent balance now where I take some time off in the evenings after she gets home from work and she gets most of the weekend too. She’ll go to bed and I’ll return to working. It works…for now.

Quickly approaching is marriage and, quicker than I’ll ever imagine it, kids. The funny thing is I just met with one of my professors at Columbia Business School and he told me not to focus on anything more than 3 months down the road for my startup. Yet I’m focusing 3 years down the road for my personal life. My tao is that I’ll worry about things when I can effect them. The best thing I can learn now is to be disciplined in my time and create this structure before my life gets more and more chaotic.

Does this mean limiting work to 60 minutes in one day each weekend? I really hope not. That doesn’t work for me at all. (Don’t let my fiancée see this rule). But hopefully I can continue to evolve the structure I’ve built while working with my fiancée to bend it to make everybody happier.

That said, any work/life balance hacks are appreciated. What’s that thing in Harry Potter called where he could rewind time and be in two places at once? I want that.