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 perspectives below.

Taylor Higginbotham | Graphic Designer, Comedian & Comedy Booker Promoter

All of this started as a hobby. When I lost my main source of income at the time, I decided to double down and work full time on it. Months of ground work went by before I got another job, and by then, I had started to revolve my life around it. I told my new employers how important it was; making sure certain days were set aside for it. I was surprised by how much help I got when I told people the things I was passionate about. Read more>>

Shana Acquisto | Broker and Acquisto Real Estate Co-Owner

It’s essential to have balance. Mike and I went for a long time without many breaks and almost hit a breaking point. We decided it’s best to plan short getaways periodically to rest and recharge. We still handle work while on vacation, but we try our best to plan everything out and ensure that everything is in good hands with our real estate family. We spend an hour to two hours each day handling work-related things while on vacation. Read more>>

Judy Nitzinger | Photography, Musician Manager & Commercial Real Estate Sales Person

Work life balance: how has your balance changed over time? How do you think about the balance? As a young person, starting out on my own, I put myself into survival mode and often felt insecure about my abilities. Thoughts were always there: Will I ever be able to do what I really want to do? Am I doing the right thing? We learn at a young age you must work hard and put the fun things as second choice in life. Once I settled into a career, the balancing act was there. Read more>>

Jeffery Ou | Pianist

The biggest challenge personally for me has always been prioritizing. Because music is such an integral part of my being and *is* my lifestyle, there is always an endless extent to which I want to discover – repertoire, all eras of it, all possibilities of programming for a recital, etc., as well as music that isn’t frequently performed. At the same time I am also a very adventurous and curious human being. Read more>>

Miranda Magana | Beauty Influencer

My work life balance has significantly changed over time. I believe it’s important to have a balance to not only prevent stress but to keep your creative juices flowing! The build up of stress will start to reflect on your content and your audience will pick up on that! Read more>>

Paula Tran | Designer

I always try to maintain a healthy work life balance. In the past few years I’ve been able to tackle small and big projects the same way because of experience. My experience has allowed me to maintain that work life balance because I know what to expect and I plan accordingly. Overall, it hasn’t changed much, but I did just give birth to my first child so that’s changed my priorities a little. My current focus right now is making sure I can balance work, give my full attention to my son and everything else in-between. Read more>>