December 30, 2014
When I set out to write this article, I was going to do a general roundup of entrepreneurs’ New Year’s resolutions. But as I sifted through dozens of responses, a clear theme emerged. Over 20% of them were about work-life balance.
This tells me that the tide is indeed shifting. Maybe 2014 was the year when we woke up and realized that running yourself into the ground, sleeping 3 hours a night, and compromising your health is no way to live.
“Find a better work/life balance. Start-ups are a marathon, not a sprint. I’m an entrepreneur, wife, mom, friend, and daughter – I want to be all of these things when the race ends.”
– Valerie Schimel, founder and CEO of Munchkin Fun
“In 2015, I would like to spend more time with my three daughters. My goal is to have at least one meaningful activity with each child, each week.”
– Jonathan Cogley, founder of Thycotic Software
“Break up with my iPhone. My wife gave me an ultimatum after getting married this year.”
– Pavan Bapu, cofounder and CEO of Gramovox
“It is no coincidence that the times in life I am happiest and most productive are all also the times that I have genuine balance. Work-life balance, a balanced diet. Exercising and relaxing. Social, family, and solitude. Routine and freedom – travel. The goal in 2015 is to strive for more balance in life, to use time efficiently to maximize our achievements and enjoyment.”
– Ariel Resnik, CEO and founder of Mango Salute
“Take care of my health. Find time to exercise every day and eat regularly. Meditate – to increase my mental ability and reduce stress.”
– Rathna Sharad, founder and CEO of Runway2Street.com
“Go off the grid on a regular basis. Building a business is a marathon, nobody can do it without running smartly.”
– David Becker, cofounder of zkipster
“Say ‘no' more. . . . as my public persona grows, I need to remember that my family and personal well-being are of the utmost importance and, as a byproduct, I can’t accept every single invitation I get.”
– Olga Mizrahi, consultant and creator of Chunk of Change
“My resolution for this New Year is to live a more balanced life. I feel that in the midst of the chaos of operating a high-growth company, I lost the balance in my life and am neglecting the things that keep me sharp and productive. I plan to introduce a new routine that will help me maintain that balance, despite how chaotic things may get.”
– Andrew Bagrin, CEO of My Digital Shield
“Make sure I hit ‘refresh' every week. I work every day, but as CEO I need to make sure I both take care of myself, and also maintain perspective on all the work I'm doing. I'm able to do both through my one hobby: dancing. It's the best way for me to stay in shape, take care of myself, and helps me regain perspective that can easily be lost in the week. In 2015 I plan to dance regularly, at least once a week.”
– John Turner, CEO of UsersThink
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