Forget Work Life Balance, It’s All About Work Life Harmony

Here at All Star Code, we create economic opportunity by developing a new generation of entrepreneurs who have the tools they need to succeed in technology.

Our Summer Intensive program is a six-week course that introduces students to essential web development skills, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a network of peers who also love building things that matter.

It is the beginning of the second week of our Summer Intensive. By today our cohorts have formed bonds. 85% of them should know 85% of each other’s names. They should be yelling “I have failed” multiple times an hour. And, they should be really eager to continue coding.

Parents should be beaming, thrilled at all their young man has learned.

And our teachers? They should be exhilarated and tired from a week of real learning.

And us? Well, this is the moment we have all been waiting for and preparing for — and it feels great.

I’d like to spend a moment on the pretty hilarious article one of our team members shared on Slack last Wednesday.

This CEO spends a long time outlining some compelling stress relief tips but undermines the whole thing by bragging about his 70–90-hour work week. Good lord.

Our Vice President of Programs, Danny Rojas made a great point as we were laughing about this on our way to the Hunter College President’s Summer Cocktail party Wednesday. He said something like: “It’s not about work life balance. You want work life harmony.”

I think that’s right on. For myself, I would say I work between 35 and 70 hours a week. It’s a big range because I sometimes need time for endless amounts of school stuff. That’s why flexibility is important to how our organization will thrive. I am here in East Hampton writing this and I’m going to finish up because I want to join the kids and my husband at the pool. But some days I might not see my children because I leave before they wake up and return home after they go to sleep.

I am encouraging my team to work really passionately right now and spend as much time as they can close to the action, immersing in the program, listening to students, teachers and parents. The summer is only six weeks long. It’s most rewarding when you form relationships during it.

Whatever your “summer intensive” looks like, allow it and the people within it to become a part of your life as they have mine. I’m excited to immerse in our program for the coming weeks, and experience true work life harmony.