24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week.  Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment.

Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise.  In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards.  And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Frank Lin | Thinker / Designer / Creator

I’m not sure “balance” is the best word to use actually. I think a better one is “integration”. If you’re lucky enough to be doing a job that’s your passion, then it isn’t about having a hard stop or compartmentalizing between work and non-work. It’s more of a lifestyle mentality. For example if you’re a visual designer, you may not be designing 24/7, but what you do or where you go after working hours will affect how you experience the world and ultimately your creative output. It’s all interconnected, so one has to be mindful that the brain is always processing and tuned in by default. Read more>>

Chelsea Brewer | Stained Glass Artist

For the first several years I really pushed myself to be in the studio as much as I possibly could; lots of late nights, a few overnighters where I was awake 30+ hours to meet deadlines to then drive and set-up for markets and work all day. Not only was I sleep deprived, but my work was sub-par, and the stress and overexertion had detrimental effects on my physical and mental health. That’s something I’ll never do again. Read more>>

Sara De Tigre” Shewfelt | Creative Director & Photographer”

Giving myself grace is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to balance. Life can get really hard, and as adults and creators we are expected to persist in our work at a high level, even in moments and stretches that we feel depleted. I have leaned heavily on community to seek out balance. I am generally a pretty private person, so sharing more and opening up to people I trust has made me feel more comfortable in myself and my art. Read more>>

Katie Webb Brundige | Owner + Sr. Event Planner, Intertwined Events

Balance is something we talk about ALL the time, both in my family home and at the office. Prior to COVID, there was little balance in my life; I would work all the time and put off essentials, like sleep. But after making it through the pandemic, and adopting our 2nd son, balance has become key to survival, and being good at everything: wife, mom, business owner, etc. If I set boundaries and create a balanced life, I can do more on a day to day basis than most. Balance is a lot about defining your boundaries: Read more>>

George Tramountanas | Writer/Director/Producer

Work-life balance is something that’s always been a consideration to me, but my view of it as a priority has definitely shifted during my lifetime. As a matter of fact, I made an entire feature film that deals with this topic called “Win a Trip to Browntown!” While the movie centers around a comedic bet, one of the themes I wanted to address when I wrote the script was the challenge artists/creatives face in seeking a work-life balance. Read more>>

Zoey Reinach | Designer, Art Director, Adventurer

Creating balance between your professional work and your personal life is something I realized quite early on in my career I needed to prioritize. I was misguided into thinking I needed to make sacrifices in order to be acknowledged and get ahead. The sooner you realize the only person showing up for you is you, the better off you are. Prioritizing your own well being, mental health, physical fitness, friendships, and relationships will serve you better in the long run. Jobs are replaceable, people are not. Thankfully, I feel our professional industries are understanding this importance, mostly due to Covid, but also with more and more people speaking up about the workplaces they want to be part of. Using your voice is your best advocate. Read more>>

Thomas George | Cinematographer, Producer, Film Equipment Owner & Operator

I am notoriously bad at work/life balance: I think it all comes back to the filmmaker mindset that is driven into you at a young age when it comes to film. You need to give 120% to your craft and that’s the only way to be successful. I kept this same uneven balance throughout college, picking up as many set as I could handle (and sometimes more) on the weekends to feel like I was making the most of my opportunities. The word “no” wasn’t in my vocabulary. I’m like most film wannabes in that way, where hustle culture and working punishing hours is the not only the norm, but expected. Read more>>

Michael Taylor | Health and Fitness Personal Trainer

Balance has been a huge key for me throughout my entire life. As a kid, I would balance my school work, to the amount of time I would be outside to play with my friends. And as an adult, it really hasn’t changed a whole lot haha! Im VERY good at keeping a good Balance in my life. There is that old saying, “work hard, play hard.” and while I definitely work hard, my kind of play is more therapeutic…at least to me. Getting out in Nature is non negotiable. Read more>>

Selina (Caddy) Pack | Artist, Songwriter & Media Designer

Back when I was in school I felt like I had more time for music. After I started working that changed a bit. But to me it’s important to find a good balance between both and I do think I am able to manage that pretty well so far. It’s also important for me not to To be negatively influenced by one or the other. For instance if I had a really stressful workday I would not be able to sit down and write a song as it would influence the outcome of the song in a negative way. I need alot of energy, good vibes and motivation to create something great! Read more>>

Ashunda Norris | Filmmaker Poet Archivist

Before the pandemic, I was teaching high school English Lit full time and producing, directing, writing films while in grad school pursuing MFAs in Creative Writing. So, to say my life was hectic is an understatement. After the world shut down, I was forced to sit. I used the time to reflect, rest and reset. I reestablished my relationship to myself, and in turn, to my work and my creative ambitions. Read more>>

Anna Lee Ackermann | Documentarian

My work life balance has changed significantly over these past few years, much to do with the pandemic. While I just graduated college in December of 2020, I worked myself to the bone while in school: having a mix of being a full-time student, multiple on-campus jobs, internships, and freelance clients. While I loved what I did and it was all going to aid me in finding a job post-graduation and make a nice resume, I was tired. As a result, I found it hard to give 100% to my school, work, and personal life. But it was all part of the grind culture, right? Everyone else was doing it around me so it was normal. When catching dinner with an old friend, they told me that scheduling this time with me was like scheduling a dentist appointment. Ouch! Read more>>

Talia Laconi | Interior Designer

Oh boy — I love this question and think it’s so important for people to hear. For me, when I first started my business it was all work all the time. I said yes to absolutely every project that came my way no matter how small it was and often would neglect my own personal needs to get the jobs done. I’m sure there are many other entrepreneurs that could relate to this, but sometimes would be working with like seventeen different clients at once! For an interior designer, that’s hectic. Read more>>

Claudie C.Bergeron | Children’s Illustrator

My work life balance has changed a lot over the years. When you’re just starting out you do everything you can to succeed, even if that means working 12 hours a day. I used to feel guilty when I wasn’t actively doing something, and I think with time I’ve achieved a more balanced life. I still work very hard but allowing myself to rest without feeling guilty has been a slow but rewarding process. Read more>>

Kevin E. Wood | Creative Director & COO of CapriTaurus Media

I get this question a lot! Especially, when co-workers, peers, or people I have crossed paths with see how I have worked diligently over the years trying to increase what is most important to me….. which is keeping as much time for myself to enjoy rather than provide it for compensation. Read more>>

Fryderyk HD | Pianist, Composer, Producer

I’ll be honest that I’m perfectionist and that would very often cause work to overshadow everything else in my life. Don’t get me wrong – I still love to have everything polished to every little detail musically, but over the years I have learnt to make make quicker decisions about how I want something to sound, be produced or the choices for a composition. Taking things more easy has taught me to leave more time and live my life. Unfortunately, many people think about music as a hobby. For me it’s a profession and my means to make a living. Read more>>

Joel Matthew | Musician & Actor

Before, I used to do nothing but work 24/7 without any breaks or allowance for living a life outside of my craft, which lead my work to become more results driven for a short time. Somewhat recently, I’ve allowed myself to balance a personal life with my work. Having more life experiences at a faster rate has helped my work to grow and expand almost exponentially. The music has a lot more life lived behind it, and characters I play as an actor have more experiences to draw on to allow me to relate and empathize more. The idea of letting go and a change in perspective has also opened more doors for me, which have shown me new types of success which I felt had a wall in front of them before. Read more>>

Melanie Silvestrini | Dentist & Innovator/Writer

One crucial aspect of my life is the protocol I have established, essentially a personal ‘algorithm’ that guides the way I live my everyday life. I began with the question, “what are the habits and behaviors that keep me at my best?” I have always been very busy and constantly on-the-go since momentum increased during my years in University. Since I was a little girl, my ultimate career goal has been to become a dentist, one goal that I have remained steadfast for. This career path came with extensive amounts of academic preparation and weekend (social) sacrifices. Read more>>

Marivel Mendoza | CEO & Founder

I always tell people that our business began backwards. We launched our business over night and had no time to actually plan all the administrative/office items because we began to book up quickly. So when that happened we came to a point that every single moment of our life for the past was work, work, work. We were juggling so much and there was many moments of burn out but we kept working because of the passion and drive we have. Read more>>

Blaire Porter | Co-owner, Threads of Fate

For both of us (owners, Brit + Blaire), balance has been a constantly evolving process, and one where we often inspire one another. Blaire has always been used to sitting down and working days straight to finish something, whereas Brit works when inspired. As we have grown together as collaborators, we have rubbed off on one another a bit and have both become more balanced. We create time throughout our work day for play (music, collaging, taking a drive, a walk, grabbing a snack, etc) while also seeing things through even when it may feel difficult. We’ve found that the more joy we incorporate into our lives, the better our work gets. Read more>>

Neekull | Artist/Singersongwriter

When I decided on what kind of career I’m going for, I was working day jobs to support myself and invest in my actual career. As I was getting into it I needed to find that balance of going to work and making music. Having time for music was never a question. At that point in my life, going to work was like an obstacle or just something I had to get out the way so, I’d just get through it and look forward to the rest of the day to write and record. That was my routine at first. As I got further in, I understood there was more to the music industry than going to the studio and putting a song out every once in a while. Read more>>

Richard E. Taylor II. & Ryan N. Taylor Taylor | Film Studio Owners- I.F.B. Studios

This is something that we have had to learn recently ourselves, more so Ryan than Richard (Laughs). We have found that it is so important to take time for yourself, especially while starting a new business venture. You can easily find yourself working tirelessly at night and obsessing over the progression of it because you don’t want to feel like you haven’t given your all or have become distracted. Read more>>

Nona Djavid | Doctor, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Mom

As a mother, an entrepreneur responsible for several million dollar companies, and an individual on the path of constant growth and self-development, work/life balance is an ever-evolving concept for me. In fact, I would go as far as to say that achieving work/life balance is actually akin to having a spiritual practice. Today, I don’t think of balance like a mathematical equation in which all of my tasks and responsibilities are proportionately categorized, allotted and carried out. Early on in my professional life, however, the concept of “segmented time-blocking” is exactly how work-life balance was presented to me. Read more>>

Caitlin Watters | Tattoo Artist and Illustrator

When I first started taking on custom projects for clients, I felt like I needed to get as many people on my books as possible. I’m a people pleaser to the core, so disappointing others by saying “no” caused me a lot of guilt. This meant that between time spent at the shop and at home preparing designs, the amount that I was working was unsustainable. I started to make the shift towards better work life balance at the end of 2019, Read more>>

Reina Williams | Singer/Songwriter, Producer & Musician

Well, right now I am smack in the middle of re-calibrating my equilibrium. Haha That being said, I have had a see-saw-like relationship between work and life balance. To put things in context, I will be turning 40 in Sept and only in the past 6 months have I found my courage to actually set rules for myself about balancing my life and work. Read more>>

Kezia Luckett | Positive Psychologist, International Best Selling Author, Speaker.

When I first started working for myself, I ran a female based concierge company. With a team of 35, 2 managers and over a 150 clients to look after, when things weren´t working out in the way I hoped, I resorted to just working longer and harder. My boundaries of just working during the week, quickly stretched to early mornings, late evenings, weekends, until I reached a point of working a 80 – 90 hour work week, with no time for family or my own interests, I got lost. Read more>>