Entrepreneurs tend to want to invest every moment of their time and energy into their business. The issue is they have a finite amount of both, which means time and energy must be sacrificed from one's personal life. Farewell to time spent with family, friends or on one's personal wellbeing.
It's easy to become completely consumed by work. It even happens to those in more traditional careers, and we tend to refer to these people as 'workaholics." Entrepreneurs, however, are much more susceptible to this.
Find That One Thing
I recommend finding one thing outside of your work, even if it's a small one. This needs to be something that you do every day with your undivided attention.
For me, it is driving my kids to school every morning. I've been doing this for years now, and it's a small thing that has made a big impact on my family and me.
I have a simple rule: I don't start the business day until I've dropped them off. This means not responding to emails and texts, which allows me to be "present" as a father and husband.
In the car, we usually talk about things that are going on in school for them. Sometimes it's their friends. Sometimes it's their homework. Sometimes it's their extracurricular activities. Whatever it is, it is important for me to listen and be engaged.
This activity not only grounds me, but it also gives me the energy and enthusiasm to tackle daunting challenges the day may bring.
Serve Something Outside of Work
Whatever your one thing is, the concept is not to focus on work for a period and attend to some other aspect of your life. For me, that's my family.
What I've found is that when entrepreneurs are so wrapped up in our work, we feel like there's never enough time to get done what we need to get done. But when you spend time serving the people you love, serving something other than work, it almost magically creates more time, more capacity, and more ability to do the work you thought you didn't have time for.
If you're not sure what your one thing should be, the best advice is to really listen to what your friends and family are saying. Often they'll drop subtle (or sometimes not-so-subtle) clues to things they're concerned about.
These are probably areas of your life that you've been neglecting because of your business. Trust that they know what they are talking about - I know personally how easy it can be to be stubborn and dismissive of critique from those close to you, but they are almost always right.