Entrepreneurs show a remarkable capacity for letting their businesses screw up their personal lives -- remarkable mainly because the solutions are often so simple. Consider Norman Brodsky, the founder of Perfect Courier Ltd. and chief executive of CitiPostal Inc., both located in New York City. While his companies thrived, his family life took a beating, due to his inability to coordinate his business schedule with his personal commitments: missing his daughter's recital, forgetting about the school open house, and so on.

Finally, Brodsky and his wife, Elaine, came up with a plan to solve the problem. At the beginning of each month, Elaine now gives him a schedule of family and personal appointments for the next 30 days, which he takes to his office and incorporates into his business calendar. "This way, Norman can decide what he wants to be part of and work his schedule around it," says Elaine. "It saves a lot of headaches."

Says Brodsky, "My life is a lot better balanced than it's ever been."