Just after 9am on October 1st, I sat down at my computer, left every political group I was a member of, unfollowed every political page I was a fan of (except PRS, because I write here), and hid every political post in my newsfeed posted in the previous 12 hours. I ended up hiding 16 posts, including almost every post made by one of my favourite people… and the bulk of those 12 hours were overnight.
I found myself questioning what constituted “political” an awful lot. This study that shows children who grow up on dairy farms have 1/10th the (Read more…)
From October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, I will be abstaining from politics.
Those who know me are probably wondering if they should be dragging me to the nearest emergency room and demanding expensive brain scans. Those who don’t are probably just confused as to why I would bother in the first place.
I don’t have a great answer, except to say that I am curious as to how a lack of personal awareness shapes our lives. We all know people who live in a political void. They don’t vote, they don’t discuss politics, they don’t understand (Read more…)
By Carlos Vera
Balancing the professional and personal life could be a difficult goal in the modern life. In some professions this could result almost impossible. One of the most demanding and time consuming professions is the law. In a first place, why law is so demanding?
There is a lot of factors and reasons for that but we can summarize the followings as the possible reasons why lawyers and legal professionals spend so many hours per week working:
Financial pressure, debts!!! After law school, a lot of recent graduates keep a lot of debts on their shoulders, so, (Read more…)
By Valery Turyshev
In my essay I have summarized the points of view of three lawyers who wrote about a work-balance problem. I agree with their position relating to the issue of how to balance work and home. The answer is up to the individual.
By Jordan Furlong “work-life balance” is a lawyer’s personal choice and responsibility. If money and “prestige” are that important to you, you’ll sign up to work 3,000 hours a year at a law firm, and you can reap the rewards and suffer the personal consequences accordingly. When we talk about “balance” in lawyers’ lives, we’re (Read more…)
By: Tamir Salomon
Finding the right balance between work and family is a tough hill to climb, but it is very much attainable. With the right amount of preparation and vision, we can all find the balance that hangs above our heads. There are several steps to be taken in order to achieve a well balanced lifestyle between work and family, each persons scenario will vary depending on the paths they have chosen.
When it comes to the legal world, the hill becomes higher, the hours become longer and the balance grows heavier on the other side. If we (Read more…)
By: Shannon O’Connor
Maintaining a work-life balance has been difficult for numerous legal professionals. The question still remains: can a balance between work and life be attainable within contemporary society?
I believe that it is possible to achieve a balance between work and life. This balance ensures that an individual is able to complete work while doing the activities they love. It is quit a challenging endeavor and comes with multiple obstacles. Ultimately, this balance can be achieved through multiple avenues.
Guidelines for Achieving a Work-Life Balance:
• A work-life balance is more attainable if you run your own practice (Read more…)
By Hermione Shou
Like many of us, you are tired, but you keep pushing through life. As a legal professional or a student with long work hours, you may already be amongst the 1 in 4 Canadian workers who find their lives very stressful due to work and family obligations.
Work-life balance is a simple concept. However, it can be so hard to execute that instead of dancing your own routine, we turn into puppets, controlled by the demands of life. It is time for you to break out of this cycle and to control your own (Read more…)
By- Seyada Mahmoud
It has been reported that 58% of Canadians report “overload” as a result of the pressures associated with work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service.
In the legal profession in particular, and according to Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill, J.D. CPCC Esq. Development Institute, an increasing number of lawyers are experiencing burnout, low productivity, insomnia, and stress related illnesses due to a lack of balance between their work and personal lives. It’s well documented that one of the main reasons lawyers consider leaving the profession is the desire to spend more time on personal (Read more…)
By: Jason E Lau
It is no mystery that the typical day of work for a lawyer is laden with long hours, sleepless nights, and unrelenting amounts of stress. Although lawyer’s work often consumes his or her life, overshadowing both personal and family time, there needs to be a balance between the work and life to create a work-life.
The successful convergence of a lawyer’s work-life comes from two sources: an individual lawyer’s introspective and philosophy and from the externals environment of the firm.
The Lawyer’s Work-Life
Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill, founder and director of Esq. Development Institution, points (Read more…)
By: Ashlin Kenuck
My biggest weakness that I will completely take full responsibility for is my own poor time management skills. Coming into the field of law I knew that this was going to be one of the biggest obstacles I would have to overcome. Time management in the legal field is absolutely crucial to success and longevity in the profession.
After some serious trial and error I have decided that in order to stay on top of everything I must take a very structured approach to my schedule.
Balancing a full time job, full time school, a mortgage, house, (Read more…)
By: Ali Golabgir
Avoiding professional burnout and personal resentment is not easy for the legal professional. Days are long, firms are demanding, but balance is attainable if you put in a little effort.
As a busy father, student, and full-time professional, there are many times when I feel there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I skip meals, stay up late and guzzle coffee and energy drinks to keep up with my to-do list.
I have goals for my life and I will work as hard as I need to achieve them, but after six months of (Read more…)
By Leo Tam PRLG 722 Sec 101
Posted on: Jun 15, 2014
Work life balance is the effort to separate pressure from work from interfering with personal lives of individual employees. The ultimate goal of a work life balance is to avoid a burn-out due to excessive work. Work and personal life need not be exclusive, they can be integrative. In fact they can complement one another. It is up to individual employee to interpret work in a positive way.
Work life balance is an individual matter:
According to Stephen Mabey, individual’s burnout is always a possibility despite (Read more…)
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I took this screenshot (CBC website) of the standings yesterday showing Germany in first place with 8 medals, Canada second with 10 medals and Norway in third place with 12 medals.
Yes, that’s right, because only being the very best in the world (well best at that particular place at that particular time) counts, the rest are all losers, so it seems.
Why do we rate the Olympics that way. The
It’s mostly us.
Many of us have heard of the idea of planning policy to consider effects seven generations downline. We’re pretty smart. It shouldn’t be that hard. But we have many incentives to think short term. Sometimes so short that we are ignorantly and apathetically victimizing our descendants.
But I’m going to challenge you to embrace this ultimate new year’s resolution…
How high does a barrel of oil have to get before we embrace the reality of our future and do something before our apathy victimizes us all?
- via Canada22: Who Will We Be Over the Next 7 (Read more…)
Once upon a time, it was fun to take online polls. For lots of reasons. But one of my favourites was to watch how poorly polls could be constructed.
Once, six years ago, Innovative Research Group put a racist poll into the field. It included questions about whether I had favourable or unfavourable feelings about various races and religious groups, sometimes lumping in folks who come from nearby places. It was disgusting. What DID I think about Blacks, South Asians [as opposed to, say, Asians], Muslims, recent immigrants…you get the picture. They didn’t ask about South Americans or Jews or (Read more…)
You actually do deserve a break today.
What ails us?
A large proportion of the total produce goes to a small minority of the population, many of whom do no work at all. Owing to the absence of any central control over production, we produce hosts of things that are not wanted. We keep a large percentage of the working population idle, because we can dispense with their labor by making the others overwork.
I wrote about that small minority on Thursday, all those tax havens. But we should also recall that hyper-consumption destroys our environment and wastes human effort (Read more…)
Click the chart to see more inspiring charts! Descending/increasing lines indicate less/more concern among different generations of high school graduates for the various ideas.
I have so much hope for the future. Sometimes I get bogged down by negativity, but that’s usually just circumstantial. It passes.
Much of my hope comes from observing young people. Teenagers who never believed they can’t change the world. Young adults whose careers/vocations are in the volunteer sector while their day job pays the bills [a work-life focus that, it seems, only aspiring musicians embraced in the past]. People who leave solid, reliable careers before (Read more…)
[Here is what some of us have been wanting to say about Taylor Swift, but didn't because A. Lynn did it first, and perhaps best, reposted her with her kind permission. Thanks to Jarrah Hodge for pointing us to this piece of brilliance! Enjoy! - seb] I’ve been mentally composing this blog for forever and [...] . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: No, Taylor Swift. No.
Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a healthy body – a very good motto that is. The saying comes from the Roman Juvenal, and it applies as much today as it did two thousand years ago, of course. I’ve alternated, myself, between being a certified bon vivant, almost a regular Zorba the [...]
Hallowe’en is fast approaching, and the eerie spectre of a potential Romney election win is casting a pall over the southern horizon.
How does a prudent real estate speculator in the United States prepare for the twin threats of roving zombie hordes and political implosion?
Bomb shelters, naturally.
As a certified real estate professional gawking from afar, I found myself wondering just how difficult it would be for our friends in the US of A to locate an abode with a cozy little bunker of one’s own? A piece of land that would offer both the pleasing aesthetics Cold War
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Way back when, I wrote the music column for my friend Christine Renaud’s express and upfront magazines, dedicated to “art, entertainment & life” in Prince Edward County. This review is very typical of my style at the time (or lack thereof!). I really can’t be arsed to edit it.
Remember Robert Plant’s “Tall Cool One” video, with its Robert Palmer-esque disinterested, robotic models lip-synching for Plant’s studly big eighties hair? Me neither. Even Zeppelin fans ignore it. “Tall Cool One” does have one saving grace (for me, at least) – a backing vocal by Kirsty MacColl, who sings the (Read more…)
Not so long ago, my friend Becca was shopping at her local Loblaws store (Real Canadian Superstore, for those of us who live in the West.)
Like many people I know, Becca approves of their Joe Fresh clothing line, which offers Canadians the opportunity to buy stylish and seasonal clothing at reasonable prices. Always colourful, fairly hip, and relatively well made, Joe Fresh offers people of all ages and genders opportunity to dress in a manner that would usually cost much more at other retail establishments.
That day, Becca was perusing the children’s section, looking for something for her
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