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You Don't Have to Choose: 5 Tips for Balancing Your Personal Life With Your Business's Growth

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You Don't Have to Choose: 5 Tips for Balancing Your Personal Life With Your Business's Growth
Launching and scaling a business comes with a great many sacrifices, and it's no surprise many of these concessions start at home. As founders, we reprioritize our family, friends, and unrelated personal interests -- all in the name of capturing opportunity and market share.

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Create a routine

Create a routine

Create a simple daily routine that includes time for both your personal and work priorities. 

Because one of the most exhausting parts of balancing work and life is related to the multitude of tiny prioritization decisions (working in that project vs choosing to go out with a friend, for example).

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Find your peak hours

Find your peak hours

Determine when you do your best work.  Focus your professional responsibilities during that time, and save your "off hours" for leisure.

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Embrace work friends

Embrace work friends

Build meaningful relationships with work friends, because they can relate to what you're dealing with.

Your close circle will be eager to support you throughout your work's highs and lows, but talking about your work-related worries can leave you feeling isolated or even burdensome.

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Try something new

Try something new

Finding a new creative outlet (whether it's learning a language or testing out your photography skills) can refresh your perspective on the balance between work and play. 

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Make it personal

Make it personal

Define what balance means to you, and hold yourself to that.

Choose to be honest with yourself about how you're holding up, and acknowledge that there's no universal formula for happiness. 

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Weave Your Brand Into Everything You Do

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Go Big at Industry Conferences or Stay Home

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