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.

Keely Finucane | Artist, Co-Founder of Finucane Design Group & Art Educator

The work/life balance is something that I am conscious of and always trying to perfect. It’s a juggling act. A juggling act made up of family, friends, creating, teaching, managing the business, fitness, and self care. I found that I am most productive when I have a set schedule and prioritize. In the past, I would try to do it all and found I would barely get anything done. I realize now, it’s important to set aside time for each activity and give 100% effort to what I am trying to accomplish. I try to eliminate or ignore distractions and be present in the moment. Read more>>

Jacki Cohen | Glass Artist at Jacki Cohen Glass Art Designs

My work-life balance has evolved over time to a more healthy partnership. With age, comes life experiences, lessons, and (we hope) wisdom. After 55 years of age, I finally feel comfortable with my work-life relationship and feel it is nourishing for my soul. In my earlier days, I was not able to manage work and life. It was all work and whatever time was left over was dedicated to “life”. I have mastered keeping regimented work days/times in my studio. This keeps me organized and productive. Read more>>

Alyssa Ast | Writer, Author & Online Marketer

I’ve always had the luxury of being a stay-at-home mother; however, while changing diapers and washing dishes, I’ve also worked as a professional writer and author for the past 12 years. Although I’ve always had a passion for words, I never expected to make a career out of it. While sitting at home during nap time, I decided to submit a short piece I’d written to an online publication. To my surprise, it was accepted and published. This was the moment that sparked the fire behind my career. Read more>>

Sophia Gibbs | Blogger & Content Creator

Work life balance has changed immensely over the past few years. I no longer “go” to work. As I am a Stay at Home mother and content creator. As a parent, you’re on and running. ALL. THE. TIME. You can’t clock out, even when you want to, and trust me… you’re going to want to some days. Lol But I definitely know the importance of having that set time with yourself, where you can just set your mind at ease and breathe, or get some wine or do something for yourself. As far as a set balance – overall, I think everyone is really just trying to do their best in every possible aspect and that alone can take a toll. Read more>>

Katie Richards | Health & Fitness Consultant, Book Author & Airbnb Superhost

Throughout my life as a serial entrepreneur, a lot has changed over the years in regards to work life balance. The main reason for this is because my responsibilities in life have changed over the years. When I started my first company in Chicago during college, I was young, could work around the clock, stay up endless hours innovating, working, growing my business. I had little to be responsible for other than myself. I had a full schedule of classes which I strategically setup on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from early morning until late afternoon. Read more>>