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.

Alana Frost | CEO & Founder of Alana’s Organizing

This is always a challenge, from my early days in business I immediately created a schedule for myself that allowed for appropriate limits on my work time so I could give attention to the other areas of my life that were equally as important. When your business is growing, it’s hard to keep up with the demand, so there may be times where you get off your schedule, but always go back to it asap so you can develop the habit and routine that works best for you. Like most things in life, it requires maintenance and needs to be adjusted from time to time, but it’s definitely gotten easier as you move forward. Read more>>

Dana Drahos | Hormone Health Coach & Cyclical Living Mentor

In the past, my life looked something like this: Wake up at 5am to “rise and grind” on my side hustle before my day job, then stay up until 1am after work again working on my side hustle. I almost never remembered to drink any water, ate meals devoid of nutrients, drank away all the stress, was constantly fatigued and bloated. I’d work through the weekends and was convinced that taking any time off to relax was “lazy” and “unproductive.” Read more>>

Scott Rogowski | Gym Owner & Strength and Conditioning Coach

When I first started my business, most of my effort went into keeping the doors open during the first year (especially during COVID). I worked almost everyday, all day, to make sure I could pay the rent to keep the doors open, while taking home enough money to live. My girlfriend, now wife, knew the sacrifice I was making, and we talked about how it was going to take a toll on our relationship. When starting a new business, I don’t think there is work-life balance if you want to be successful. Your personal life will take a hit, if you want your new business to stay afloat. Read more>>

Don Loum | Model

Balance is such an important thing to have. Over time managing my time has definitely become a bit more difficult to handle, but not impossible. Along with modeling I’m a full time student at the University of San Diego, California. Tied in with school and modeling I played soccer my first two years of college all while trying to have a social life. At first it was easy to go about my day with no specific time set aside to accomplish everything, but as I got busier with modeling I had to become more organized if I wanted to perform well in front of the camera ,and in the classroom. To me balance means intentionally taking your activities, hobbies, physical health, and mental health a creating time for all of those things to have a time, and place where it is prioritized just as much as other activities, or jobs you are involved in. Read more>>

Karen Cacho | Creative Baker

My business started as a side hustle while I worked a part time job at a retail store and went to school. I would create desserts at the end of the week and pull an all nighter to have it completed in time. Fast forward to today, I am blessed with a full time job, a supportive husband and two beautiful and energetic kids. Having kids greatly changed the time I spend on my business. I quickly had to learn to manage my time more efficiently. My kids taught me that time is precious and with a blink of an eye, moments can pass you by. Read more>>

Jackie Batch | Photographer

The last 6 years of building my business have been a juggling act, but I have recently settled into a more peaceful idea of what my work/life balance looks like. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the idea of “mastering” work/life balance…maybe that is because I always felt it was so out of reach. I mean, how could it even be possible to truly balance all the things that I care about? Read more>>

Shauna Bligh | Mother & Social Media Manager

Being a stay-at-home-mom to two little girls under the age of five is definitely hard enough, then throw in a few side gigs and it becomes even harder. There are days when I forget about everything on my plate and think that being a mom is my only job. Then I remember that I have three different side jobs along with being the President of my community HOA. It’s a LOT. Read more>>