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.

Others we have spoke with have shared the exact opposite and how by working less and prioritizing their personal life, health, and hobbies outside of work they were able to improve their productivity.  And then there are those who say productivity is overrated.  What do you think?  We’ve shared some interesting perspective below.

Lisa Bellamore | Founder, Crescent Communications

Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is a constant effort, since it’s impossible to control or predict the natural fluctuations of professional and personal demands. But there is one general rule of thumb that helps me to find the balance I need to be at my best: “You’ve got to nourish to flourish.” I make sure to practice self-care each and every day. It could be as simple as a quick walk in the sunshine while listening to music that energizes me, or a rigorous workout or yoga class. Read more>>

Janine Brown | Multidisciplinary Artist

My work life balance is constantly changing based on my life stages and needs. I have worked since I was 14 (“walking beans” on the farms of Iowa), so I learned early on how to balance work with life. That said, there are times when the scales tip more toward work…at which point I feel the need to cut back on work and take time for myself. When thinking about the work life balance, I think the ability to balance it really depends on your needs. When I was single, I needed to work a lot in order to pay my bills and be able to afford to spend time for myself. Read more>>

Jora Nelstein | Artist & Script Supervisor

Balancing my life, shifted quite a bit. A little over twenty years ago, most of my time went to raising my daughter, my freelance work as a script supervisor in the commercial film business, so it didn’t leave a lot of time for my art. Once my daughter started school, and now in college embarking a career in Art History, slowly the balancing my life with art became easier. Now with COVID-19 reaping havoc around the world and all my freelance work halted, I am shifting my in studio classes to virtual ones from my studio. I learned that balance is fluid and ever changing, the more flexible I can be, the more I can adjust it without much anxiety. Read more>>

Calipso Aranda | Radio Personality & Financial Agent

I am a Libra so I have to Balance ok that’s not a valid answer My balance has changed since the beginning of my Radio Broadcasting Career because radio has been nothing but unstable and yet I am still doing it , I had to hustle my way to make ends meet to just break even every year it just keeps getting better and better I have done nothing but develop all my network relationships at 100% and never burned my bridges although some ppl in my journey might say that I did but who wants a negative Nancy all the time breathing over your shoulder , I think Balance is very important and keeping your mind right and sane. Read more>>

Anet Abnous | Artist, Designer and Founder of Anet’s Collection, Art Inspired Luxury Accessory Company

Work, life balance can be different for everyone and every situation. You need to set your priorities and decide the things you can give up completely or put limitation in order to have a happy life. Some people are the happiest when they work more and make a lot of money and success feeds their energy and for some it is completely different. It was very hard and challenging for me to work and go to school and raise kids and at some point I had to put my career and dreams on hold and work part-time and raise my kids. Read more>>

Karolina Sivas | USC Grad, Actress, & Writer

Filmmaking, acting, writing… just the whole creative process was all-consuming for me for a long time. I love the process and I love constantly learning and growing, but I look back and remember how even my own birthdays ended up being a film shoot or a premiere party vs just celebrating my birthday. When I filmed season 1 of my digital drama, for example, I had on blinders and focused on nothing else for the entire first year. Now, it’s about having life experience so I have something creatively to pull from. Read more>>

Armineh Hovanesian | Photographer

Living in the time of COVID-19 has made a tremendous impact on my work-life balance. Since I am forced to work from home, I tend to work longer hours than usual and my “life” balance is a bit out of whack! I have been trying to find an equilibrium so I can get my life in order and allocate time for my photography. Another obstacle in front me is the fact that I cannot go out and photograph. Being stuck indoors has its limitations but I am trying very hard to find a balance until we are all safe and cleared to venture outside. Read more>>