Finding The Optimal Work-Life Balance in Vancouver

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Vancouver is the ideal place to find the perfect work life balance (Image Credit: JMV)

Find Your Right Work-Life Balance

Once upon a time, working meant clocking 40 hours each week, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm unless you worked at a bank, or held a shift position. These days, the boundary between working and non-working hours has blurred thanks to flex-time, working from home, and the technology that we use in our work and personal lives.

Whether you work for yourself or have an employer, it’s important to set up boundaries that define the hours you work. Carve out business days and hours for yourself – making it clear where weekends and evenings fit into the picture. Let your clients, subcontractors, suppliers and business partners know when they should not expect to reach you on your cell phone, Blackberry or mobile device.

Is technology making work invade your personal life? Are PDAs, cell phones, laptops and other electronics intruding into your family time, your evenings and weekends? Turning your cell phone off and stopping from checking your email are two steps that can help restore a balance and protect your private time.

Freelance writer Anne Troy tells agents and clients alike that they should not expect her to answer her phone or reply to email during evenings and weekends. By repeating that message clearly and consistently (as well as not picking up her cell or home business phone after 6pm and on weekends), Anne got her point across.

Separate Work From Your Private, Family Life

While it`s tempting to bring work home, the experts agree that separating work from your private and family life can help to achieve a work-life balance. If you work from home, you may be more effective locating work tasks in a separate space such as a library, quiet internet cafe, virtual office or furnished office space.

Achieving a work-life balance means a state of equilibrium between the activities, roles and responsibilities in your life. Know your limits. Keep track of how much time and attention you devote to each. Are there blocks that get in your way to attain a balance?

Committed parents love spending time with their children, but with today’s pressures of work and other priorities, work life balance can be difficult to achieve. Book time with your children and family as though they were your most important clients.

It`s important to sort out what saps your time and energy versus revitalizes you, and to say `no` to low priorities. Are there involvements and activities that you can shelve, temporarily stop, or delegate to someone else? Allow yourself to rely on others around you while you focus on top priorities. Tag-team with your associates and coworkers for carpooling as well as attending after-hours functions and handling tasks that encroach on your private or personal time.

Play time can be as important to allow you to recharge and improve your effectiveness. You don’t need to join organized groups or spend money on equipment. Lunch hour escapes can be as simple as taking your lunch into the park or sitting beside a water fountain to read a magazine. One of the easiest and simplest ways to meditate is to watch flowing water such as a river or fountain.

Vancouver Is An Ideal City For Work-Life Balance

Greater Vancouver is surrounded by almost 20 kilometers of beaches with specially-designated quiet beaches where loud music is banned. Whether you like to skimboard, spike a volleyball or stretch out on a blanket, Vancouver has a beach for you. Sunset Beach, no more than 30 minutes from the downtown core, is a quiet zone where there is nothing but sand dunes and spectacular views of Kitsilano and the Pacific Ocean to gaze at. If green space is more your scene, Vancouver offers more than 200 parks to choose from including woodlands and ravines, display gardens and small urban parks.

If you work alone in an office or home office, it can be challenging to find social interaction but it`s important to get away from the solo setting to find balance. Make lunch arrangements with former colleagues, meet up with friends after work or connect with peers through a professional association.

Ultimately, consider the important – and neglected – aspects of your own life and make a date with the opportunities to optimize them.