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Richard Branson on finding a work/life balance

The famous entrepreneur on living life to the fullest – with or without a routine.

For an entrepreneur launching a startup, it always feels like there are a million things to do and the clock is against you. It is easy to neglect your health and your family as you spend your time dealing with emergencies. Finding time for yourself or to think about the future of the business may seem just about impossible, but you won’t be able to keep going at 100 miles per hour if you are running on empty.

Just navigating each day can be a challenge. I find that technology is a great help – I use phone calendars, email reminders and mobile reminders to manoeuvre my way to each meeting, event and party. You can also use these things to make sure you have time to eat regularly and that you can get a good sleep. My family is the centre of my life, so wherever I am in the world, when I have a few minutes, I talk to my wife and kids.

And short breaks can make a big difference. When things are hectic, I find a good English cup of tea rejuvenating, and after a long day of business travel and meetings, a hot, relaxing bath can make a big difference. And don’t forget to exercise, to keep the body as active as the mind. (I try to start my days on Necker with a swim around the island or a game of tennis if I can.)

…to read this article in full, visit leading US entrepreneurial resource, Entrepreneur.com