Top 10 tips on mastering work/life balance – from Brother Canada employees

Work Life BalanceSo, modern life can be pretty wild.

Between work and raising kids, not to mention commuting, errands, exercise, dates with your spouse, sleeping—and all the rest—balance is a tough, well… balancing act. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 58 percent of Canadians report “overload” as a result of work and personal pressures.

So, to help you get your Zen on, we asked five of our employees for two of their top balancing tips.


1. Get to bed
“I go to bed early, so I can wake up early, work out and get to work early.”

2. Keep it loose
“I also create downtime in my schedule to enjoy my life outside of work. As much as possible, I see friends, go shopping and go out for dinners. And I’m working on the ability to say no. I’m not there yet, but it’s on my to-do list for this year!”

– Amélie, Communications & Community Specialist

3. Make the time
“I believe making time is the key to balancing everything in life. I set aside a specific amount of time to help my kids with their homework and reserve some “me time” to play guitar and relax every evening.”

4. Hang with the family
“Each weekend includes a family movie night where we can all sit together and laugh without thinking about whatever else is going on in our lives.”

– Robert, Team Manager, Consumer Sales & Satisfaction

5. Know your values
“I love working out, enjoying nature, connecting with friends and living in the moment. When I spend time with my kids, it’s all about them; everything else is on hold.”

6. Accept reality
“I also accept that I can’t do it all, and I’m not afraid to make mistakes and ask for help.”

– Anne, B2C and E-Commerce Specialist

7. Split your work up
“Because I have to leave at 5 p.m. to pick up my kids, sometimes working at night is a necessity. It lets me unplug from the job and be present for them when they need me. But I try to make that more the exception than the rule.”

8. Take your vacations!
“Regular time off is also important for me. Sometimes I take vacations with my family, and sometimes without!”

– Kathryn, Product Marketing Manager

9. Unplug
“I do my best to unplug. I spend time with my family and avoid looking at email as much as I can. This helps me fully dedicate myself to my home life.”

10. Work on your passions
“I strongly believe in having passions outside of work. Whether it’s reading a book, going to the gym or taking a yoga class on the weekend, I’m always doing something to enrich my body, mind and soul. And I always try to plan some “me time” every week to just do whatever I feel like.”

– Christa, HR Generalist

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