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.

Willow Yeomans | Quantum Spiritual Teacher & Healer

Ahhh yes, the elusive balance of professional, social, emotional and physical well-being question. Is there one activity that can honor it all? Yes, and it took me 15 years to find it. Business swallowed me whole, even as a teenager, I was curious about the enigmatic culture of the “grind.” The power money represented was very attractive, so I entered the world of finance. In the business world (the Red Pill), success is measured by production and bottom lines, in the natural world (Blue Pill), success is infinite, shown through an abundance of serenity, beauty and grace. Read more>>

Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers) | Owner & Founder of Take Root Therapy

After graduating from my master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy, I began my career working at a non-profit mental health agency. I was really excited to have found a place to gain hours towards licensure while being supervised and receiving further training. While it was an amazing opportunity, it also required that I divide my attention. I couldn’t focus solely on client care; I had to also meet productivity standards and meet an impossible number of billing hours per week. Trying to maintain any sort of work/life balance came second to not sacrificing client care to those productivity standards. I was dismayed to find that this was also the case at my next job, which was another non-profit mental health agency. Read more>>

Jon Mathisen | Beverage Entrepreneur & small Business Owner

When I first started this business I had zero work/life balance. Of course, it takes a lot of work to start a business from scratch and get it off the ground but I also felt a lot of pressure to “hustle” out of fear that someone else would beat me to the market. I was averaging about three hours of sleep a night and that wasn’t sustainable. I would often turn down opportunities to hang out with my friends and hardly ever treated myself to a night off. I developed an odd sense of guilt if I wasn’t working and/or took a little time off. It took a while for me to realize that the all work no play mindset was having a negative impact on my mental health and my mood. Read more>>

Charles Harris | Union Ironworker & Clothing Brand Owner

My balance continuously change each day or week being a fulltime union Ironworker and a full time father and a fulltime clothing brand owner. Its a difficult thing to balance most times but. What keeps me level headed and continue to balance is pre planning just like on the job site pre planning is crucial so I took that and applied that to my life. But there are time where the unexpected can happen but just like bruce lee said “be water my friends” I adapt. Read more>>

Aly Mattoon | Pilates Teacher and Entrepeneur

This question is extremely relevant right now as I think we are all trying to find balance during these times. Working from home has brought on new challenges in finding work life balance for me. I have found that work never seems to end but I’m learning that it must end. Naturally this was easier to define when I worked away from home but I’ve always been someone who lets anything on my mind fully consume me. I’ve gotten out of bed and emailed students at 2 am, which is crazy. I think this is even harder to balance when you care so much about what you do. My stance on work life balance in this moment is that it takes discipline, setting boundaries, enforcing these boundaries, practice, and some deep breaths. Read more>>

Brian “beee” Bello | Graphic Artist & Creative BBoy Scribbler

The best thing that happened to me was finding a partner that compliments and supports my creative career. My wife helped me organize my life, both personally and creatively. It is a constant adjustment with each passing day, which is exciting as well as challenging. The greatest recent discovery in my workflow is a thing called “taking breaks”. Just like swimming underwater, eventually, you have to come up and take a breath if you want to keep going! My life outside of work inspires everything I do creatively. I love hangin out with my wife, watching cartoons, listening to music, dancing, playing with my dogs, and immersing myself in Hip Hop culture, so these influences are seen one way or another in my work. Basically, the balance comes from just enjoying my life and expressing that in my art. Read more>>

Kirby Gladstein | Music, Commercial, & 3D Gif Photographer

When I first made the conscious decision to pursue music photography, I utilized every waking moment to learn, shoot, and grow my business. I’d work 12-14 hours on set at my day job, then go directly to a concert and shoot, then head home to edit until 2 or 3 am (music photos have to be turned around almost instantly), before falling asleep for a couple hours to wake up and do it all over again. Burning the candle at both ends was an understatement. This unrelenting hustle couldn’t be maintained, and after a couple years and a lot of forward movement in the industry, I let up a bit. I began forcing myself to set aside a couple days a week where I would not do anything photo related whatsoever. Read more>>

Rasha Goel | Emmy Nom. Host/Producer

I used to give my work priority. Much of my time was spent on creating, thinking, networking, doing things that included ‘hustling’ with expected results. I remember I even worked one birthday and didn’t celebrate that day. Over time, I have realized life is much more than work. I now give priority to my well being, first, and then everything else. I still care about my work, but I make time to do things that make me happy and relax my mind such as hiking, being out in nature, meditating on the beach, watching comedies, and spending time with friends and family. My sanity is more important than anything. Read more>>

Sitara Taddeo | Wellness Educator & Coach

This subject hits home for me. Finding balance, or shall I say creating balance, is a fine art I’ve learned to dance with over time. When I was younger, I was so ambitious and used my mind to overcome many challenges. It fed my ego and sense of self to be accomplished. In high school, I was in advanced classes and started going to college at 17. In college, I double majored in Neuroscience and Political science, graduated in three years, taught myself my 4th foreign language “on the side” to win a scholarship and study abroad, graduated Cum Lade, and got a full ride to grad school. It all hit me about 6 years ago, when I was almost two years into my PhD. I was so unbalanced. Read more>>

Lacey Stone | Fitness Expert

I used to believe you could find balance but now I know you have to make your life balanced every single day. Your life’s balance can be divided into three parts: personal, professional, and physical. Every day you have to figure out what your priorities are and find the right balance for that day. If your focus is your physical health then you should make a point to get your workouts done in the morning so nothing gets in your way later on. If your priority is your work one day because you have a big presentation, then maybe have a shorter workout or skip the workout and focus on your nutrition. If your focus is your friendships one day, schedule a dinner with friends and set your work aside for the night. Read more>>

Molly Brink | Wine and Gift Shop Owner/Buyer

I feel like I’ve finally got the work/life balance down, but it’s taken me years, and many incarnations of our “shop.” There were times, especially when we opened our second wine store, when I found myself working very long hours, six or seven days a week. My son was in elementary school at the time, and there were just too many days that my long commute time home meant spending less time with my family. I was also working weekends and missing almost all of the kids parties, playdates, all the little things that add up to fun memories and bonding time not only with your own child but the new families in our lives. Read more>>

Kate Ekin | Singer-Songwriter

Music, like most professions, has its fair share of ebbs and flows. While the ebbs used to stress me out and make me feel like I constantly needed to be doing something, I now welcome them and rest. I refuel. I rearrange. I find the balance in the parts of my life that I was most likely neglecting when music was flowing. Balance is something that I am continuously striving for in every aspect of my life; With the balance of career and passion fighting to stay at the forefront. As I’ve pursued music professionally now for a decade, I have realized that balance isn’t something that is linear. Its nearly impossible to give the necessary attention to all the things, all the time. Read more>>

Gary Arbuthnot | Solo Flautist, Recording Artist, Producer & Business Owner.

Work life balance is something that has become more important to me in recent years. My Mother passed away from Breast Cancer when she was only 34 years old and my Father fought Multiple System Atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder, for 10 years before passing away at 61. Each loss affected me differently and played a role in work/life balance. I was only 13 when my Mother died and I had never experienced that level of pain before. My way of dealing with the pain was to submerge myself in work. At that time I had been playing the flute for only a few years and it would become my solace which ultimately developed into my life’s passion. Read more>>

Heather Fitzgerald RD | Specializing in Functional Medicine, Metabolic Disorders, Micronutrient & Hormone Deficiencies

Balance is different for each person, but in my experience, I feel that my balance blends working hard, having enough time for self-care, such as exercising, keeping up on my health appointments, spending time with my dogs and just relaxing, doing nothing. My definition of balance has changed over the years as have my goals with creating balance in my life. About 10 years ago after my marriage ended, I threw myself into my work and declared that I would be married to my work. Since then, I’ve built my practice up from a small practice to treating well over 250 active patients. Read more>>

Katie Bressack | Holistic Nutritionist and Owner of Katie Bressack Wellness

When I started my business it was all that I was focused on. I worked hours and hours growing my business, however I got burnt out and quickly realized that I needed to practice what I preached more. A big turning point in my business was when I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus, and was so exhausted that I just had to slow down. I realized that I could get more done when I just cleared out my calendar and stopped multitasking. I have client specific days for my one-on-one clients and also days where I do my corporate wellness clients. The other days are for marketing, writing newsletters, getting back to emails. By having a tight schedule, it helps me focus but also find balance. I also have lunch, workouts, and down time scheduled on my calendar so that it’s not overwhelming to look at. Read more>>

Natalia Gutierrez | Career Consultant and Sales Development

Unfortunately, I have experienced burnout too many times because I pushed myself too hard at times when it came to my career; I prioritized my career over my health. But thankfully, this year I’ve had a lot of time to rest and reflect and realized I need to have better balance when it comes to my professional and personal life. I realized that when I neglect to take care of myself like getting adequate sleep, eating well and taking breaks it takes a toll on my physical, emotional and mental health. Surely this isn’t a surprise to many but for me I pushed it to the limits because I thought I could make up for it later or that another shot of espresso can take care of it but the reality is it only leads to getting sick and lost time and energy. Read more>>