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Is it even possible for an entrepreneur to achieve work-life balance? The answer is “Yes”—and “No.” As the leaders of the 2016 W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs share, it’s not about following anyone else’s definition of a harmonious life—it’s about finding a mix that works for you. (And about actually booking a vacation now and then.)

Here’s some of their best advice:

“I believe health and wellness are intrinsically tied to your ability to succeed in business. I work out with a personal trainer three days a week and bring fitness trainers into the office for my team twice a week. It is important that we create a culture that not only talks about balance, but lives it and embraces it in the workplace.”
—Mia Pearson (No. 3), co-founder of North Strategic

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“Look at the hours that you work per week.  More than 50 hours is not a good thing. Decide on your hobbies, and include them in your regular schedule: exercise, yoga, travel.”
—Doris Valade (No. 90), president, Malabar Super Spice Company

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“I block out days for vacation at the beginning of the year on my calendar and stick to it.”
—Sherri Stevens (No. 35), president, Stevens Resource Group (SRG)

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“My approach to work-life balance is to hire great people who I can trust to get stuff done. Being able to delegate is key.”
—Alyssa Kerbel (No. 70), owner and founder of Mini Mioche

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“Design your business in a way that compliments your life. I think both aspects of your life can intertwine, but you need to give time to both. Often I find jolts of creativity while I am relaxing and not thinking about work. I don’t think you ever turn it off; just learn to channel it differently so you don’t burn out.”
—Mandy Rennehan (No. 20), founder & CEO, Freshco

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“I believe that business is not nine to five. I work hard when needed and I never take work home, even if that means working 14 hour days. I have found that by leaving my work at work, I can enjoy other things without feeling guilty.”
—Maureen Lucas (No. 24), president, LucasWorks

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“I don’t believe that you can truly find a true work-life balance. I get up every day and do my best without guilt. We have to make choices every day on what we believe is the most important thing to spend our valuable time on. Feeling remorse about the choice does not help, it only clouds your thought process.”
—Laura Araneda (No. 7), president & CEO, Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling

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“Work-life balance is a great deal like sleep: If you stop obsessing over whether you have enough of it, you’ll dramatically lower your stress levels.”
—Chandra Clarke (No. 29), president, Scribendi & Inklyo

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