The Career Author Podcast: Episode 86 – The Myth of Work/Life Balance

We’re all striving for work/life balance. Or are we? Discover how you can have it all as J. and Zach discuss how a career can intersect a fulfilling home life.

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to define work in a day job or as an entrepreneur/freelancer.
  • Ways to integrate different aspects of your life.
  • How to become a blender.

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10 thoughts on “The Career Author Podcast: Episode 86 – The Myth of Work/Life Balance

  • Morning guys. Great way today J. Sounds like something designed by people who understand what people need.
    That banana photo is oddly funny.
    Work/Life balance is something discussed a lot in the UK because many commute an hour each way every day and get home stressed, and physically and mentally tired.
    When I was a teacher I had no work/life balance. I taught all day at at school and brought tons of work home to do in the evenings and at weekends and on leave. When I left and got a job at NATS (UK Air Traffic Control) as an engineer trainer the contrast with teaching was stunning.
    Day one I left work at 1600 and the instant I stepped out of the building it hit me. I have nothing to do. No work to take home. If anyone has ever been a teacher, that is an amazing feeling.
    The funny thing is that my decision to become a teacher when I left the Royal Navy was partly because I thought I could write novels during all the school holidays. How wrong I was. 😥 I wrote much more whilst working for NATS because work was fun and relaxing and I got back my weekends and evenings and my workplace was only a 15 minute walk from my house. And I never missed the “long summer break”.
    Work/life balance is complex for would-be writers because writing as well as working can eat up the balance bit. If one needs to factor in destress time from work, there may not be a lot of time left for family and friends. I didn’t always get it right (teaching) but in the end I found a great job that gave me time to write (helped by the 15 minute commute). In the end I opted to save up and retire early to write full time but I could only do this because I planned it for a few years and because we had no debt. So now I write all day, oh and I cook and clean and vacuum and wash and iron… a writer’s work is never done 🙂.

  • Hey guys. I am in a different boat than many. I don’t have a day job to “get to” and try to balance. Yet, I do have family and friends that I need to deal with at times. The blending thing is something I have found I do. I write at home, I live with my dad, and he knows not to disturb me when I am in the office writing.

  • I am fine with Zach butcher my name. I’ll let him off the hook this time.

    I have the issue in that I do side gigs in the evening. So I have to figure out how to put writing in between family and paying side gigs also get some exercise in. I have moved my writing to lunch times at work on monday, wednesday and Friday. The company I am at has a lot of social interaction at lunch and it behooves me to have a couple days where I hang out with them.

    So that is where I am at now. We shall see what it will be like when all the kids are in school or the side gigs slow down.

  • This one hit hard, guys. Especially since I’m reading The Dip. I’m stuck in a job that I don’t enjoy, but have investors, who are also friends, that I cannot let down. Trying to push through that and still write on the side, while having a meaningful family life. Good to know I’m not alone. Thanks.

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