Books that point the way to a better work-life balance

Vancouver Public Library picks focus on juggling business needs with family demands


Whether it’s balancing the labour of raising kids or eldercare with work, or ensuring you have enough fun with friends and family built into your day while trying to run your own business, this book list will help you find what works for you.

Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career by Lisen Stromberg

If you are looking for an approach to work-family balance that eschews the dual day of labour, read Lisen Stromberg’s inspirational story of a woman who chose her family over her career but still became an award-winning journalist through the simple act of taking a “pause.”

Something’s Got to Give: Balancing Work, Childcare, and Eldercare by Linda Duxbury and Christopher Higgins

Drawing on the data from a national survey on balancing work, life and caregiving, which collected information from 25,000 Canadian employees, this important book explores the issues around balancing not just work and child care, but also – due to socio-economic change – eldercare. Written by two business professors for employers and policy-makers, Something’s Got to Give offers useful balancing strategies for the general reader as well. Highly recommended.

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

There are times when building a business may require entrepreneurs to sacrifice time with friends and family. However, you can reclaim control of your life by adopting a simple strategy to structure your workday that focuses on things that truly matter. Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky propose realistic solutions within the boundaries of your lifestyle and work environment to create a balanced work and home life. 

Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz

Launching and growing a business while maintaining a rewarding life outside of work can be a challenge for entrepreneurs. If you hope to reach a healthier balance, then the insights in Mike Michalowicz’s Clockwork offer practical techniques so that you can build a thriving business without constant involvement. Get more out of your workday without sacrificing family time and other valuable personal interests.

Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day) by Randi Zuckerberg

Do you have trouble fitting everything in, work, exercise, spending time with family and friends? Randi Zuckerberg recommends a new approach to the “doing-it-all” strategy: just pick three areas a day to focus on and begin to achieve a better work-life balance. Zuckerberg looks at each of the five main life categories with experts who offer practical solutions to the “do-it-all” dilemma.