Work Life Balance
Peter Katevatis - Nov 18, 2015
I am mesmerized how a unicorn’s horn gives this gracious beast an aristocratic sense of royalty. I highly recommend that you get one for your daughter or just for yourself to ride around on weekends. Another thing that fascinates me is that term we
I am mesmerized how a unicorn’s horn gives this gracious beast an aristocratic sense of royalty. I highly recommend that you get one for your daughter or just for yourself to ride around on weekends. Another thing that fascinates me is that term we all bandy about in our jobs and HR departments, work-life balance. And much like the fantasy of unicorns, striking a work-life balance can be just as elusive.
As a parent to two active boys aged 8 & 3 I try to attend and participate in as many of their activities as possible. Special events (concerts, Soccer games, Tae Kwon Do belt-tests, etc.) are easy to schedule around but also having the time to pick them up from school and simply hang together can be just as valuable. Some quality time with the spouse is also a key to a joyful existence.
As an investment advisor, it often feels like our days can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Depending on a client’s needs, we are there. When market events occur, we are there. When it’s time for a portfolio rebalancing, we are there. When a client sends us a referral, we are definitely there.
No matter what your profession, most people agree that the hardest (and most valuable) thing to manage is your time. Time management is the key to the elusive work-life balance. It often means that you have to prioritize things and limit the FOMO (fear of missing out) gene in the back of your brain. If you really want to spend Sunday afternoon with your kids… don’t accept a golf game at 8am with the full intention of being home by noon.
The greatest tool & distraction is the smartphone. Unless you are expecting something urgent, there is no need to pick up your phone every time it “dings”. Some messages can wait, and if you answer 5-10 messages at a time it is much more efficient that each individual one as it is detracting from your current task.
Creating a work-life balance also includes limiting time wasting activities. If you find grocery shopping a needless time detractor, get it delivered. Spud.ca is a dedicated food delivery service but also Save On Foods now offers free pickup or $5 delivery. Improve your life by making it simpler and try to avoid layers of complexity.
Taking care of your body is another key to maintaining the balance, spiritually and figuratively. A gym workout, a run, a long cycle, or even a brisk walk will help energize you and clear your mind. You will find yourself much more productive and you will feel better about yourself. I find that even a 30 minute run can help me think about how to tackle a situation without distractions or from an angle I didn’t perceive at first glance.
The key to any balance is getting started. If the scales seem SO badly tipped on the work side, start small. If you are done work at 5pm, do not check any email after 6pm. You can deal with it in the morning, besides if it is a true emergency (not just a broken nail) your phone will ring.
Once you start tipping the scales back to the life side the most important step is to enjoy it. Smile, it’s contagious. :)