Leadership Work|Life Balance

Work life balance for lawyers – the new CBA resource centre

My July article for the Canadian Legal Blog Slaw.ca was all about work-life balance or more exactly the myth of balance. 

The word balance is misleading. It seems to indicate a quantity goal, with a focus on the amount of time being spent on either side of the work-life equation. The exact amount of optimal home time and work time will vary from person-to-person and day-to-day. I like to think that it is not so much a question of quantity but rather the overall quality of our entire life that is important.

What is the quality of our work life? What is the quality of our personal life? When both activities are fulfilling we have an abundance of energy. When one or both are draining we run into health issues and performance challenges.

Instead of work-life balance can we just talk about work-life enjoyment? 

For those of you exploring questions of work-life balance and enjoyment there’s now a CBA resource dedicated to it.  Thanks to Connie Crosby’s post in Slaw.ca for alerting me to this resource.  It’s packed with great articles, links and other resources. 

Ultimately, work-life balance is a personal matter.  Getting the work-life equation right is a key component of developing a productive, fulfilling and yes, successful life.  It’s not about being a slacker.  It’s about being a high achiever by creating the life you want to lead.

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at allison@shiftworks.ca or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.