By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance.  Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day.  We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Keith Haaff | Owner of Unleash Performance

I’ve learned — and am still learning how to set boundaries with being on my phone. Since the beginning of the year, being “present” has become a priority. While I’m training my clients it’s easy to focus on who or what is front of me without any distractions. But once I’ve “clocked out” sometimes it’s hard to disconnect from work and completely shut off. Often times my clients will look to me for lifestyle, fitness, or programming suggestions, all of which I’m eager to offer my support. While I love being helpful to my clients, sometimes being helpful outside of the gym can lead to being distracted in my personal life. Read more>>

Dr. Erin Ellis | Naturopathic Medical Doctor

Since starting my own business and being a solopreneur, it is very crucial to maintain a work-life balance. I am constantly creating new boundaries for myself which helps establish this balance and know that it’s ever-evolving. Since I am in charge of making my own schedule, it is very easy to get caught up in work and never “shut down” so finding that balance, scheduling time to yourself is very important. Read more>>

Michael Lyngstad | Pet Portrait Artist

Balancing my work life was a necessity. With having a full time job and becoming a new parent, starting my own business required me to learn to spend my time wisely. In the beginning I was more careless of how I spent my time, eventually learning that I would not be able to create a full time business without some boundaries for myself. Setting goals for orders to be done on schedule, and following through with deadlines has been my greatest improvement for my business. Read more>>