September 27, 2015

cost of success blog

What does it really take to make it as a filmmaker? This week we’re looking at the work / life balance.




1.Social – I’ve been making an effort to see my friends more often. I used to work through a lot of lunch breaks, and now I’m leaving time to be social.

2. Entertainment –  The other day I unsubscribed from 95% of the channels that I’ve been watching lately. Just like watching TV only because you’re waiting for a good show to come on, I wasn’t really getting anything from these channels, but still watched them all the time. Having a sub box clear out has significantly cut down on the amount of time I spend consuming mediocre entertainment. 

4. Always Re-evaluate – this issue is not going to go away, as a freelancer it’s so easy to slip back into over-working. Maybe a good way to check ourselves is to ask whether we’d ask an employee to work this hard. Just because your boss is you, doesn’t mean you can be an exploitative boss.


Click the image below to check out an article about the 40hour work week. Really interesting to see the research that suggests that anything over 40 hour is actually less productive.  It turns out that when we’re happier and healthier, we work more productively.

40 hours article


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Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Ali Gulraiz

    I never really thought about how much one should work, just thought about working more. Are you trying to limit your workload so you can be more efficient when it comes to your whole life.

  • Samuel Laitinen

    “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
    Thanks for sharing that!

  • Cory Rodriguez

    This life balance is something everyone struggles in, no matter what they pursue. I was told by my film mentor* that you need five different times for a balanced lifestyle, and they are as follows:

    1) Work
    2) Play
    3) Leisure
    4) Meditation
    5) Sleep

    As you go down the list, the times are progressively more relaxing. It’s meant to look like a sin/cos wave in terms of activity over time. I fight a constant battle to keep my life balanced as more things are tossed on my plate. However, one thing I strive to keep consistent are these times, no matter what I choose to fill them with.

    I believe everyone should find what works for them because everyone is different and nobody knows you quite like yourself. Above is just one of the many ways you can balance your life. Excuse my lack of brevity. Just thought I’d mention this in case someone is able to make use of it.

    *He very well may have received the info from another source

  • sitemistic

    There is no such thing as work life balance. If you want to reach the top at anything, you must sacrifice just about everything else for it. The people you are competing against are doing just that.

    I get really tired of successful people writing after they’ve achieved success that, if they had to do it over, they wouldn’t have sacrificed for it. That’s nonsense. The only way to the top is sacrifice. You make your choices and your pay your price.

    • Cory Rodriguez

      Interesting viewpoint. Perhaps when we reach the top of something, we reach the bottom of other thing(s). To me, success means being happy, and I partly achieve that by a “balance” per se of various life aspects. It might be the case with “successful” people that wanting to do it over again doesn’t mean they want to give up success, but rather they have a new definition of success they want to pursue. This “new success” may involve a balanced lifestyle. Who knows.

      I use quotes because I’m using these words loosely. My goal here is to simply be thought-provoking while keeping an open mind myself.

      Overall, I partially agree with you. Good thinking.

    • Areeb Razvi

      This is completely true. Bill Gates never took a single day off for 10 years straight. He’s a very wealthy man, but he’s never going to be super buff. It’s your choice at the end of the day and like Cory says below, you want this, you have to let go of that.

      Read this short book: “The One Thing”

      My firm advice, (that’s worked for me at least) is to keep it at a flexible steadiness with your life (Health, Wealth, Love, Happiness). End work every day at a certain time (this will make you sacrifice procrastination). And spend a certain day just by yourself, or with friends etc. Take time for your dreams, Take time for yourself, and Take time for others.

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