“How do you spend that much time with each other without killing one another?" That’s one interesting question to ask a married entrepreneur.
The answer is simple: They’ve worked hard at creating an incredibly strong marriage that can withhold a lot more than a few blunders.
In a similar way, successfully married entrepreneurs also worked hard at creating a marriage that can withstand, and benefit from, their obsession with entrepreneurship. The following are four tips that some married entrepreneurs used to make sure their marriage stays solid while their business grows.
1. Get your priorities in order.
Businesses will come and go, and you’ll fail at some, succeed at others. But your spouse will be there for life, so my priority should be your spouse above all else.
Every decision you make in business must first pass the “could-this-hurt-my-marriage” test. If a choice could hurt your marriage, it’s instantly off the table. It’s just not worth it.
What does it profit a man or woman to gain the whole world if he or she has no one to share it with? Value your spouse. Treasure him or her above all other riches, goals and achievements.
2. Schedule home time.
Entrepreneurship is rarely a nine-to-five task, but can take place at all times of the day. As such, it is increasingly important for you to schedule dedicated “home time” that cannot be interrupted by your entrepreneurial ventures. Then, stick to that schedule like your life depends on it.
You schedule phone calls with clients, meetings with your customers and lunch with colleagues—so why not schedule time with the one person who matters more than all of those appointments combined?
If your business doesn’t allow for scheduled times away from work, you are doing something wrong. Stop saying, “I can’t,” and start asking, “How can I?” For more on this incredibly important mindset shift, see Replace these two limiting words from your vocabulary.
3. Make home time home time.
When you are at home, be at home physically and mentally. Yes, entrepreneurship is exciting and stressful, and it’s hard to “turn off” that part of your mind, but you must.
Your spouse will know when you are not engaged in conversation because your mind is elsewhere, thinking about that next big purchase, that jerk customer or the competitor who is gaining traction in your market. Stop it.
When you are working, work. When you are at home, be at home. Turn off the cell-phone. Don’t check your email. (Gasp!) Have a real conversation during dinner that doesn’t involve a discussion about work. If your marriage is valuable, give it the time it deserves and your marriage will bloom.
4. Involve your spouse.
Finally, it’s very important to involve your spouse in your entrepreneurial ambitions as much as she or he chooses to be. By welcoming your husband or wife’s input, several incredible things are accomplished. This way, it’s much easier for him or her to understand why you’re so immersed in work sometimes.
Involving your spouse can be good for your business too. He or she probably has an incredibly different perspective on the problems you are trying to solve, and they might have the missing piece to your most important puzzle.
There’s no such thing as a perfect marriage. However, once you’ve made a conscious decision to value your marriage above and through your entrepreneurship, things will fall into place eventually.
What techniques do you use to make sure your marriage stays strong while your business grows? Share your comments with me and the rest of the Entrepreneur.com community below!
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