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.

Trasha Collins-Reed | Founder & Owner

A few years ago, my work-life balance was almost non existent! Thankfully I’ve worked for some amazing companies that understood the importance of it and supported work life balance, so when it came to starting my business ‘VIIIsix’ and finding the best way to manage that, along with my full-time job, my family and my mental well-being, I was able to refer to some best practices in order to keep everything “balanced” despite the things that would happen that were outside of my control. Read more>>

NUNNABOVE | Family Band

As a family band, we are always together. You might think that we have the best of both worlds with respect to work-life balance, but we love joking around with each other so we had to develop ways to be more efficient with our time in order to make progress. Recently, we sat down and had a discussion about how our mindset around music as a career had to change. We had to work hard all the time in order to be successful. We had to prioritize our rehearsal time over other things. Read more>>

Cassia Preston | Language Enthusiast

It’s extremely important to consider the balance between work and life. For some people, work is a means to their life, while others find work to be their life. I often considered these perspectives and wondered which seemed like the best fit for me. I found that it’s unnecessary to choose. There is a season for everything. Like a farmer who plants and sows during one season and harvests the next, I find there are times when more hard work is required and moments that are clearly just meant to be enjoyed and uninterrupted by other distractions. Read more>>

Ashley Terpstra | Polish Paper Artist- (Wycinanki Designer)

Juggling work and creative life balance at one time was simple; my work was my art. I loved art school and then fell into a creative career upon graduation. After I became a mom, life and priorities changed. The chaos of having littles around made creating feel impossible to juggle. As time went on and the babies went to preschool, I knew it was time to find an art form which I was able to work on and leave out throughout the day, since I only had small windows of time to work. Read more>>

Chinasa Elue, Ph.D | Speaker, Career & Life Coach, CEO & Founder of True Titans Consulting Group

I am reminded at this moment that being in a hyper-productive society, we may feel like we do not have many options on how to think about the tasks that guide our days. But I am encouraged in saying this- we get to choose what we think about our work and how we get to achieve each task. Radical honesty with myself has been a guiding principle I have used to help me manage my work-life balance, especially as I navigate working full-time, building my business, and managing my various personal and professional responsibilities. Read more>>

Jess Hunt-Ralston | Co-Founder of Little Otter Skincare & Communications Director

A few years ago I decided that “balance” would be my word of the year. The next year I joked that my word might need to be “no” — that one little word had been so tough for me to say, but learning to say it well and from a place of clarity, kindness, and intention is such an important first step in taking care of yourself, your work, and your world. Learning how to set and say clear boundaries also matters, especially at work. No one around you is going to set boundaries for you with your job. A great boss or mentor can help there, but ultimately, it’s up to you to decide and say it out loud. Read more>>

Melanie Drayton | Small Business Owner & Mental Health Professional

I believe we are living in a hustle culture environment. The message of “getting to the bag” is being encouraged and pushed constantly via music and social media. I definitely enjoy getting money. Who doesn’t? I also personally agree with the idea of creating multiple streams of income and I have incorporated this idea into my life which allows me to wear several different hats. I am Melanie Drayton, School Counselor at Valdosta Early College Academy, Owner/Creator of XOC Escentials Made by Mel, Mental Health Therapist with Family Works, LLC, Home Study Provider with Nightlight Christian Adoptions. Read more>>

Tameka Neely-Dudley | Technology Professional and Small Business Owner

Whew! Just looked at my watch…I got time TODAY…lol! Work life balance….where do I start? I read an article that resonated with me ““Work Life Balance is not an entitlement or benefit. Your company can not give it to you. You have to create it for yourself.” – Mathew Kelly (Author) I thought I had it all figured out during the initial phase of the pandemic. The start of my day would consist of waking up at 6am, workout from 6:30am – 7:30am, cook breakfast, wake the kid up at 8am and log on for work by 9am. Only in the most perfect world would this plan work out. Read more>>