How to Make Sure Your Startup Doesn't Destroy Your Personal Life

Founding a company or being one of the first employees at an early-stage startup is attractive for many reasons. It's exhilarating to build something from nothing, and there's always the hope for a large payout for your efforts.
A startup demands grueling schedules and laser-focused dedication, making it easy to become separated from the people and things you care about. Here are some strategies you can use to keep your personal life on track while you navigate the realities of a startup. Don't alienate your partner: One of the most important things you can do is involve your partner in the business. When things are particularly stressful, our instinct is to retreat inwards and shield our partner from business problems, like a missed payroll or bad press review. The problem is, these stresses follow you home anyway, and involving your partner can help make him or her feel more invested in the startup. Stop worrying what everyone else thinks: Not every startup is going to be the next Facebook or Slack. As long as you're putting yourself out there, working hard, and doing what you love, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Make the time you have count: When you are able to meet friends for drinks or have dinner with the family, make it count. That means putting away the phone. It may seem harmless to you to check the occasional email, but it's distancing to those around you.