Project managing the work/life balance Scope, cost and time are the triple constraints of a project and our work life balance. Scope is what we need to achieve in order to manage on a daily, weekly, yearly basis. The scope also includes our goals and desires, both tangible and intangible. Cost is our financial position, both earning and spending. Time is that thing we usually can’t get enough of in order to achieve our scope, earn more or save money. Quality is often the first element to be compromised so that we can cut corners, save time and money and squeeze in some more scope.

“With a life well played it is possible to save the best for later on if we are able to nurture ourselves towards an ageless and timeless state.” For instance, Regi says she always wanted to be a surf lifesaver, but waited until she was 51 to complete her certificate. And in November she fulfilled a lifelong desire to sail across the Pacific Ocean, hopping aboard a 41-foot yacht with a girlfriend and having the time of her life. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve in a short space of time, more than what can be sustained without compromising our quality of life,” she says. Since January, Regi has also been finishing her MBA and has a number of incubating businesses on the go – one of which is adventure hiking in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. “I’m very high energy with achieving things in my work life, I consider myself to be a little overactive and very energetic in setting and achieving my own targets. But that’s what it’s had to be about because I’ve worked from home for TAFE for the last year-and-a-half, so I’ve worked autonomously by building my own KPIs.
One of my favourite stress mitigation strategies is abandoning the notion of having it all now…”
“The polar opposite of that and my release from that is my adventure hiking. We do overnight hikes and I know where there’s a deposit of green clay that we can use for facials and swim in rockpools and do body scrubs, and then we forage for and harvest bush tucker along the way and use it to make the meal at night. “Another hike is with a group of girls who are doing their PHDs at the uni, they’re our next wave of work/life balance challenges, and that’s extreme hiking with minimal food. It’s a way to relieve stress.” As I sit and chat with Regi about her expeditions, she reminds me how lucky we are living on the Sunshine Coast, being able to slip away for a day or two to escape the mundane daily grind. “This is a big plus for us when we seek to add some quality to our lives with limited time and finances.”

– Invest in your future whenever you get a spare moment. This can include building assets that make the busy or poorer times easier. Ideas include improving your knowledge to boost efficiency; or optimising your mental and physical health for high energy performance. – Set targets that can be sustained comfortably and without sacrifice. – Understand that we have good days and bad days and that pressing the pause button may be a necessity if we have recently been on fast forward. – Set long term goals as well as immediate goals, so that we can trade off high and low achievement periods. – Be present in the moment when it’s play time, it’s play time.