He makes the point that in Eastern monastic traditions, people don't "work" in the conventional sense; normally they also abstain from sex, and they don't have much to do with money, either. This gives them all the time and space they need for their inward journey.
Most of us, though, need to follow synchronize our spiritual path with our daily lives: working, being involved in relationships, paying the bills. So don't think of your meditation practice as something you only do when you're sitting alone in silence. The very skills required for meditation, and the awareness and insights that arise from your formal practice, can transform your daily life.