Work/ Life Balance

How To Regain Balance In Your Life

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I run out of time every day. I sometimes wish there were 34 hours in a day because that extra 10 hours would allow me to do some of the things I want to get done. When I don't get those things done, I feel I have let people down. I'm currently struggling to balance my work time, my family time and time for me as well.

How To Become A Better Coworker

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Business
Alyson Jones

When we realize that such a large portion of our time is actually spent at work, one would think we would be motivated to make this time as pleasant as possible. However, many of us know that this is not always the case. Most people have some sort of war stories from work that involve a difficult coworker or boss who seems bent on making our lives miserable.

The Most Effective Managers Are Kind, Not Nice

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Even though the workplace is not the same as the home, and even though the people at work aren't our family, when we're grouped together day after day with the same individuals, we human beings naturally have family-type reactions to one-another. In other words, interpersonal dynamics at work will often mirror familial ones.

Workplace Burnout Comes Down To Employees Being Too 'Nice'

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

The problem is that it's overwhelming to be always doing more than your fair share in your workplace. Being the "nice" person at work invariably leads to mounting stress, exhaustion, frustration and ultimately burnout, when you can no longer cope with the pressures of having to over-perform.

5 Smart Ways To Save Your Back At Work

Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living

We're bringing back the five-minute stretch break!

Can You Turn Your Hobby Into A Business?

David Leonhardt | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

Wouldn't it be nice if one of your hobbies -- an activity you purely enjoy -- could make you money instead of costing you money? If you've been asking that question, you are not alone. In fact, many people are making money from their hobbies. So how can you join them?

Strike A Balance As You Get Back Into Routine This Fall

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

September is here, and with the arrival of the cooler crisp air and changing colours we are adjusting to getting back into the comfort of our familiar routines. Getting back into the swing of things can be quite hectic after a summer of relaxation -- holidays are over, kids are back at school, school year activities begin and your personal time is minimal.

Ways To Unplug And Start Living

Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living

We check our phones approximately 85 times in a day. It's time to disconnect.

Let More Joy And Play Into Your Life

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We don't spend enough time doing the things that bring us joy. This hit home for me many months ago when someone asked me what I did for fun. Because I love what I do, I immediately referenced my job. However, I struggled to answer the next question: "What do you do when you're not working?"

A Checklist To Help You Have A Healthy And Efficient Workday

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Business
Lisa Borden

This is a checklist for myself as much as it's for you. Although much of it applies to everyone, especially those who work at a desk, if you are an entrepreneur and work intensely, you likely need signs, signals, alarms and life forces to interrupt your work flow in order to take care of yourself.

12 Tips To Become More Productive This Summer

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

Embrace summer hours!

Oilsands Workers Now Have To Work Fridays Again Like The Rest Of Us

CP | Dan Healing, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business

Paid time off is being reduced or eliminated "almost across the board.''

What Do We Lose When We Try To Have It All?

Tracy Gillett | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

We accept life is irreversibly transformed and some parts of our pre-children lives are forever lost. It's hard to do -- life was simple and straightforward before kids and it's healthy to admit we miss it. It doesn't make us ungrateful parents, it makes us human. It means we're honest.

Cool Summer Gadgets For Work-Life Balance

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

It is easy this summer to create a fun work-life balance with these cool new gadgets. These gadgets can bring balance to your daily life, so you can enjoy summer to the fullest. This summer, I am going to be working on my laptop in the park or enjoying time off at the beach, using these cool new devices.

How Your Family Drives Business Decisions

Dale Turken | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

For many of us, working a regular day job is a means to support our families and loved ones. We trade our time from nine to five for a paycheck; we invest the money from that paycheck into our private lives and family. We trade our time for money, and use that money to improve our quality of life. But many working parents are beginning to realize there are alternate arrangements that might work better for their families -- and for themselves professionally.

Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working Minimally

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I'm in great shape, emotionally and physically... I've learned some new tips for balancing all the things that I like to do, and as a result, I'm enjoying my practice in a way that I hadn't been, previously. Taking time away from work has renewed my love for the job and has made me a better therapist, as a result.

What I Learned When My Life Went Up In Flames

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

During the same four year period of chronic illness and injury, I made a radical and terrifying career change, went through a devastating divorce, sold the only home I ever owned, tried to force myself to finish a PhD I hated, lost almost all of my money, and had a personal identity crisis.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.

The Yin And Yang Of Managing Your Life And Work

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

The duality of the roles we play in our lives, as professionals and as moms, wives and daughters is something that most women accept. What we've rejected thankfully, is that we notion that we need to adopt masculine archetypes at the office and feminine personas at home to be successful in each respective domain.

Healthy Boundaries: Avoiding Burnout And Learning To Say No

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Learning when to say "no" can be the greatest gift in your life. Because when you say "yes" to people or projects in order to not lose respect in peo...

6 Online Side Hustles Perfect For Parents

Melody McKinnon | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Melody McKinnon

Many online business models are perfect for working from home in Canada. However, parents of young children have unique challenges that can make it less feasible. Choosing the right home-based business can mean the difference between success and failure (and your sanity or insanity).

Are You Being Selfish Enough At Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The word "selfish" has a bad rap. I get it. Being "concerned chiefly or only with yourself" seems like kind of an asshole move, but is that always the case? I don't think so. The "Screw you, suckers!" variety of selfishness deserves its critics, but what about the kind of selfishness that simply means you're putting yourself first?

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.

5 Provinces With Best Work-Life Balance For Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Parents

These Stats Canada survey results might surprise parents.

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."