Work-life balance versus simple tolerance

Mickey Mellen
2 min readJun 18, 2024

Work-life balance is one of those things that can be interpreted in many different ways. Generally speaking, I find that balance not to be in a perfect 9–5, 50/50 kind of way, but in balancing the various parts of your life as needed.

Last year I shared Rory Vaden’s thought on this, where he said:

“Balance shouldn’t mean equal time spent on equal activities. Balance should mean appropriate time spent on critical priorities.”

More specifically, I find the idea of “ intentional imbalance “ to be a great way to live, where you build your day around the things you need to get done, which might mean your work day isn’t 9–5, but is instead it’s more like 8–10, 12–4, and 6–8. Whatever works best for you is generally the right way to do it.

In a recent podcast episode from GaryVee, he attacked the traditional 9–5 workday even harder, saying:

“Work-life balance to me is happiness on all equations.

When I hear my friends or acquaintances or people in social media say things like, I worked nine to five Monday through Friday. I had great work-life balance. And you ask them, do you like your job? No, no, no, I don’t like it at all.

I’m like, you don’t have work-life balance. You have 40 hours a week every week that you hate. That’s…

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Mickey Mellen

I’m a cofounder of @GreenMellen, and I’m into WordPress, blogging and seo. Love my two girls, gadgets, Google Earth, and I try to run when I can.