Let’s Talk About the Life Part of Work/Life Balance

l_397bf980-d324-11e1-b466-a9f907600007One phrase we’ve heard about a million times so far during our internships and class is “work/life balance.” Yeah, we all know that this means pacing our self and knowing when to focus on other things. Those who fail to master the work/life balance are the ones who have mental breakdowns, burn outs, and hate their jobs.

Based off this rhetoric, one would believe that the “life” part of work/life balance means sitting around relaxing and trying to think about anything but work. Today, I want to talk about a different aspect of this idea. I want to talk about how important it is to have fun!

Now that the sun is coming out (sporadically), it’s high time we started getting out there and enjoying all Oregon has to offer. While it’s nice to do things in the city, I’m focused more on the outdoorsy activities that take us into nature and give a glimpse of the greenery. Plus, physical activity lowers stress levels more effectively than sitting around your house trying not to think about how stressed you are!

For those of you like me who love swimming, here’s a round up of the best Portland-area swimming holes. ย Let’s plan a weekend day trip sometime to lay out in our bathing suits and not say a single thing about work all day! Anyone interested?

Another great stress-busting sun-loving activity is biking. Biking doesn’t always have to be about wearing spandex shorts and trying to break your time record on the 50-mile loop. It’s just as enjoyable (or I’d say more enjoyable) to meander slowly, using your bike as a means of transportation to explore this beautiful state. Local author Todd Roll recently published a great book, Pedal Portland, featuring 25 easy rides with tips about where to stop and grab a bite and brew along the way. No Spandex required!

I hope these quick ideas have inspired you all to get out there and have some fun! My line is always open if people want an adventure partner ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicole Cordier

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9 Responses to Let’s Talk About the Life Part of Work/Life Balance

  1. pdxsx says:

    Good change of pace on the usual topics, Nicole! Love that you are embracing the fun options PDX has to offer.

  2. What a fun post! It’s crazy how caught up we can get in our daily lives that we sometimes forget what’s going on around us. I really enjoyed looking through these links and am excited to venture out to some of those swimming holes later this summer! It’s always cool to read about some of Portland’s hidden “gems” that I should visit. Your post was perfect for today considering the wonderful weather. Can’t wait for more days like this to come! Thanks again for sharing these swim and bike spots!

  3. I began pondering yesterday when Liz at CMD was talking about her struggle with work/life balance. These are some really good suggestions! I honestly am always looking for new ways to manage my stress levels. I tend to over analyze everything and as a result I become a stress case and my own worst enemy. The other day I decided to just take my bike out for a cool evening ride around the neighborhood. I didn’t go on any extensive bike ride or even break a sweat, but just letting the wind hit my face and cruise around completely relieved my stress! I am so stoked that you gave us those links for the biking spots and even more so for the swimming holes. I used to swim in high school and never do anymore, because of the Oregon weather. These are great suggestions to de-stress and explore Oregon! Thanks for the awesome post!

  4. hansonlauraj says:

    Thanks for the post, Nicole! After a mind-blowingly stressful day at work, you’ve reminded me that I should probably take a day off this weekend. My only question: how do you take time off when work demands your 18/7 attention?

    • I try to remind myself something similar to what we heard at CMD: “There will always be more work to do and no one expects you to leave the office every day with an empty inbox.”

      I try to stay organized and make lists for the next day before I leave the office. This allows me to create a plan of action for tomorrow so I can stop stressing today. It’s a hard to walk away and let go of work completely, but I’m getting there slowly. This is also part of the reason why I recommended outdoor activities that get you offline and away from email, texts and other distractions. The best tip I have: turn off your phone! Or at least put it in do not disturb mode overnight or when you’ve given yourself structured time off. That way, even if your email inbox is pinging like crazy, you’re not allowing that external clutter to interfere with your life outside of work.

  5. jroger10 says:

    Fun! Those are all good ideas.
    I like to take my (sister’s) camera out and practice photography, since it’s a skill I never really developed in Allen. It’s fun to take nature shots–I love flowers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. kaitlynchock says:

    Nicole, this was great! This coincided well with Liz’s point about work-life balance. It’s easy to get sucked into your work. Actually when we visited with Edelman, someone pointed out the importance of this balance, too. Thank you for reminding us that there is more to life than work. I would also agree that it’s much more fun to meander slowly on a bicycle than it would be to race.

    You shared great tips and links with us and I’m excited to see more of the city! I’d love to venture to swimming holes with you. Let’s go after Shasta.

  7. I love everything about this post. It made my stress melt off just thinking about discovering the different water holes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s SO important to maintain a work/life balance. Especially in this field where it’s difficult to walk away from work. Thank you for sharing.

    Let’s adventure!

  8. simonemyers says:

    Great topic! I agree that it’s important for us to maintain a balance in our lives. We shouldn’t always be in work mode because it can create stress. Like Liz from CMD said, it is okay for us to step away from our desks and all of the emails because they’ll still be there tomorrow.

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