Is there a perfect work-life ratio?
In my opinion, there's no such thing as the right amount of work-life ratio. When starting Opinion, it took up a lot of my time and it still does, but for me, Opinion doesn't feel like work, I know that's super clique to say, but it's the truth. The moment something feels like it's something you have to do and not something you want to do, then it's probably time to switch things up.
The beauty of starting your own business is that you work on your time. If you take a couple of days off, then expect your business to slow for those three days, if you bust your balls for a week straight or whatever amount of time, your business will most likely see a positive correlation to that.
I feel like I hear so many people that start their own business saying that they spend too much time doing it and that they have no time for friends and family, here's what I say to that. Work-life balance is all according to your personal preference. My point of writing this is to show that there is no special equation to calculate how much time you should spend working and how much time you should have for yourself. If you like to work 80 hours a week and that makes you happy, then that's ok. If you want to work 20 hours a week and have more time for friends and other activities, then do that, but you have to be able to swallow the truth, and that is the more time you spend on bettering your business, the more it will grow. The more time you spend on activities with friends and whatnot, it's likely that your business will grow at a slower rate.
Now pressure from your friends or family to not work as much might happen and this can be a hard one. I think that you need to surround yourself with people that will understand your grind and they know that you aren't ditching them, you just have a vision, and if they're a true friend, then they will not only not take offense, but they will try to help you however they can.
People tend to want all play and get all the success, and I'm sorry, that's just not how it works. You get what you put into it, and that goes for almost everything in life. So this year, don't focus on the amount of time you spend on work and play, focus on seeing what makes you happiest because your happiness comes first before anything.
You are your biggest critic.