The mobile revolution has muddled the line between work and life outside of it, especially for the owners of America’s startups. These days, you can check your sales figures, prepare a presentation and market your business all through a smart phone or tablet. Useful as that can be, given the intense pressure on small business owners in this economy, an iPhone can quickly become a startup CEO’s worst nightmare.

When you have both the impetus and the ability to run your business anywhere, anytime, how do you know when to shut it off? Rest and relaxation might not rank high on any startup CEO’s priorities list, but as studies have shown, knowing when not to work is just as important as knowing when to work. As the head of an online business myself, I can testify to this personally. The stress can drive you mad, so it’s important to pull back every once in a while. That said, here are some lessons I’ve learned to help maintain a healthy work-life balance that you might find useful.

1)      Organize monthly office outings. Taking your staff paintballing or to a cooking class once a month accomplishes two things. First, it gives everyone a nice break for the day. Taking a business day to think about something other than work will be good for all parties involved. Second, it allows you to engage in teambuilding and will strengthen your company culture.

2)      Make your mornings count. If you’re anything like me, you feel a driving urge as soon as you wake up to check and address the important emails you’ve received overnight. This is less than ideal, because it forces you to shift from “sleep mode” to “work mode” without giving your brain and body the time to rev up. You need to break this bad habit. Make your mornings count – make breakfast, drink coffee and catch up on the news before launching yourself into the workday. Save the emails for later. You’ll feel less fatigued and more prepared for whatever your inbox has in store

3)      Set blackout hours for your phone. Have a family? Then do this – set blackout hours for your wireless devices. From the moment you come home to the moment you send your kids to bed, keep your phone and tablet turned off. It’s important to show your kids that you can spend time with them without being pulled away by work. If you’re really worried, give one of your employees your landline number as a last-resort, all-hell-is-breaking-loose means of contacting you.

4)      Delegate rather than micromanage. This may come as a shock, but you don’t need to do everything for your company. You have employees. They are most likely competent and intelligent individuals. Rather than micromanaging their work, teach them to be self-sufficient. Recognize when they’re doing a good job and take this as a queue to stop worrying so much. It takes a team to build a company, so stop trying to be Atlas.

Growing a startup isn’t easy. However, refusing to maintain a work-life balance will only make this difficult task even harder. So the next time it feels like the walls of your office are closing in on you, take the afternoon to go fishing with your kids or hiking with your dog. Work can wait, trust me.