Former monk and behavioral-science geek Jay Shetty has spent the last decade hanging around entrepreneurs. And he’s noticed that when it comes to career and relationships, these people are always trying to “fit” one or the other into their busy lives.
“That’s the language or the rhetoric that we use,” Shetty says. “We’re always trying to balance the two.” We see them as conflicting, not as symbiotic or simultaneous. That’s understandable, especially for entrepreneurs who are expected to work 60-plus hours a week at minimum.
But that mindset can stress you out and put undue pressure on your relationship. So stop thinking of work-life “balance” as an equal division of time—it’s more about making the most of the time you do have together.
Shetty, who has mediated conflict resolution for many of these couples, has noticed that these seven strategies are key.