Davies is also a fan of using structured time to focus on family but stay on top of work, like waking up before everyone else and doing emails from 6 to 8 a.m., or diving back into obligations after kids go to bed from 9 to 10:30 p.m. But Cameron Herold, founder of the COO Alliance, said he found the opposite to be true.
“People say they will work at night to ‘catch up.’ The reality is, you can never catch up — you’ll simply set more goals and take on more work," he said. "Instead, focus during the day, put away your phone and get all your work done in an eight-hour day.”
On the home front, setting boundaries really protects your priorities, says Marquis. “With the constant juggle of owning a business and having a small family, each moment has to be accounted for,” she said. “We even schedule in nothingness."
"I am not a rigid person, but this has been crucial for my family and I to separate work and life," Marquis said. "When we are at home, we are simply not at work — it took a lot of time to get to that point. Not being available nights and weekends for our business first seemed limiting, then we saw how it actually limited family time. If we don't pick up the call for a reservation or make availability for work needs, we have earned more respect and know another one that fits with our schedule will come again.”