Tips with Erin Co and Karen Chen
Have you ever found yourself scrambling to complete all the items on that seemingly endless to-do list? Feeling like you are on a hamster wheel, fighting for alone time or time to spend with friends?
What you feel is completely valid, and we have all been there at one point or another. Today, Erin Co, the VP of External Affairs, shares her best tips for work-life balance with us!
1. Always make time for your hobbies
Set aside time for your passion projects, even if it is just 10 minutes of your day. This could range anything from reading a book, going on a walk (cherish this sunny weather), or even shopping at Aritzia (Erin’s personal fave)!
These little things really add to your overall quality of life!
Karen’s thoughts: other easy and affordable ideas for hobbies include…
- Journaling (starting a bullet journal if you are feeling creative)
- Going to the gym/going for runs
- Baking and trying out new recipes
- Brushing up on your cooking skills
- Content creation – whether it is starting a YouTube channel, working on a book with friends
- Going around the city and taking scenery photos
- Exploring new hikes and trails
- Hit up the thrift stores in the city and find unique pieces
- Learn to code and put together your own website
- Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about around the city
2. Have a social support system
Erin feels lucky to be surrounded by a fantastic group of people who support her. They are always there to remind her to take time for herself, which is something we all need to hear every now and then.
Erin also appreciates her student staff, who work around the clock to not only get things done but to get things done well for students.
Ultimately, your struggles are never really your own, and other people are happy to take on the burden with you as you are willing for them! That being said, do not be afraid to reach out for help or a little extra assistance if needed.
Tip: The AMS offers Peer Support (operating September to April) where you can book a support session or even volunteer to help out! This is a free service for students, whenever you need a little extra support. For a list of resources available during the summer, check out this page on SASC’s website.
3. Setting boundaries with work
A trick Erin likes to employ in her personal life is to mark emails sent during the weekend or past office hours as unread if it is not pressing. Her rule of thumb is as long as nothing is burning down or strictly urgent, she will check it out to stay informed, but attend to it the next work day.
She even did this in her academic life, when if she had a midterm or a paper coming up, that took priority in her life. After the urgent matter was done, she would allocate time to reply to things, work on other assignments, and tend to everything else.
Karen’s thoughts: some other practices I do in my daily life include…
- Doing a batch reply for texts and notifications every couple of hours so I am not occupied on my phone all throughout the day
- Stop responding to emails after a certain time and on weekends – especially working in a job whose nature is sporadic or needs you to be on the clock all the time
- Allocate time to do certain things – whether it is hangouts, work projects, going to the gym, practically everything! If it is not down on the Notion calendar, it is likely to slip my mind – so I put everything in as soon as it is planned!
We hope you have a productive summer, but also remember to take time to rest!