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4 Steps to a Healthy Work/Life Balance for Video Editors

Nick Montgomery2 Comments

Hey there! A few of you over on Twitter asked for some ideas on how to maintain a healthy work/life balance for video editors. We talked about this in Episode 5 but this is such an important topic I want to touch on it again in written form. Below are a couple of ideas that have worked well for me over the years.

1. Designate times when there is absolutely no work.

You cannot do any work, talk about work and you cannot even think about work. No work whatsoever! I completely understand if you can’t do this for hours each night. For me I do this during dinner most nights. I don’t talk about my work or think about it. I’m 100% focused on our meal and listening to my wife talk about her work and day.

2. Tell your spouse why you have to work late. 

For me, recording Command+Edit takes up two hours on a weeknight each week. That weeknight I could have spent with my wife and dog doing whatever. But I have to sacrifice that time for the podcast. My wife didn’t necessarily understand what I was doing at first with it and I didn’t explain myself. It caused friction whenever I had to record. After sitting down and explaining why I’m doing the podcast and what I’m hoping to get out of it she understood. Now each week when it’s time to record she’s completely cool and takes Peyton and goes upstairs so I can record in relative quiet.

3. You remember why you are working late

I often forget why I’m working late. Why am I up at all hours hustling on this project? I have to remind myself when I’m working at 8:00PM on this project because of X. X is something like “I’m passionate about this video I’m working on because this topic...” or “I want to travel to Asia and need the funds from this freelance gig.” Stuff like that.


Another reason I find myself working late is because I want to secure time with my family and financial capital in order to do that. However sometimes I’m trying to secure time with my family by sacrificing time with them. When this happens and I don’t have to be working I stop so I can spend time with them.

4. Include your family in your project

Get their opinions on things. Show them your videos and have them share their thoughts. Not only does getting an outsider’s opinion on things help but they feel like they have a stake in you succeeding and are more likely to be cool with you working late into the night.


How’s your work/life balance?

Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is absurdly difficult. For me I designate a time when I cannot talk or think about work. I keep my family informed about why I’m working late. I continually remind myself why I’m working so hard. And lastly I include my family when I can in the project.

How’s your work/life balance? Do you do something different?

One last thing! If you know an editor who could benefit from this post could you send it over to him or her?

Let me your comments below!

– Josh


Effective Ways to Use Your Down Time : Cmd+Edit 014

Nick MontgomeryComment

Thank you for listening to us, you are part of the #GroundFloor of Cmd+Edit. We had an overwhelming number of downloads in July. So we're off to a really healthy start. Share the podcast with your editor friends, especially those with a commute who need something to listen to.

This week we talk about those times when an editor is not working...confused yet? When you have down time how do you use it? Some work on marketing themselves, some have side projects to work on, some actually go on vacation. This episode isn't about that last group.

Here are some ways to make good use of your down time to further your career as an editor.

*Note that we here at Cmd+Edit fully acknowledge the importance and sheer joy of taking a much-needed vacation. We are not overlooking the value of that here, just saying if you're looking for more work to do, here are some ideas.

Ideas for spending your down time:

  • Marketing Research
    • What other new marketing tools should you be using? Which ones do you currently use? Which ones would you like to try?
  • Film Research
    • AKA Watching movies!
  • Training & Skill Development
    • Perfecting your editing skills with services like, Tutsplus, or Larry Jordan
    • BUT let's not forget improving other skills like financial, communication, graphic design and marketing
  • Networking and Partnering
    • Always be meeting new people and reconnecting with past clients
    • Use this CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Template to keep track of your relationships with your clients. It helps as a cheat sheet when you're headed into a meeting with an old client. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
  • Passion Projects
    • Yours or someone else's.
    • Have a goal for doing them and treat them with the same respect and importance as paying work, but be sure you're getting what you want out of them. If you're not enjoying working on it, it'll show in your work.

Do you edit to the beat of your music track? The Power Edit posted an article that challenged whether or not your work may suffer if you do. Why Cutting on the Beat is Killing Your Edit. Josh and I have different opinions on this. Listen to the episode to hear us discuss this.

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