Achieve Quality Family Time

Quality family time is crucial to keep your family together

Achieve quality family timeFamily time is crucial to keep your family together. However, if you are a working parent, ensuring you get quality family time can be very difficult. In the world of today you tend to find fewer families that conform to the stereotypical ‘perfect’ family unit, where one parent works and the other stays home to look after the children.

In addition, most people are almost expected to work more than the standard eight hours a day and this all adds to the difficulty of finding quality family time.

Typically, the main money earner will leave the house before the family are up and about in the morning, maybe just catching a quick peck from a sleepy partner and children and will get home just in time to say goodnight to them, while the secondary earner works part-time just to be able to take care of the family run the household.

Given the above it is imperative that the family time that you do get to spend together is both valuable and memorable. In order to achieve this quality family time, you need to consider the following:

Set Goals for Quality Family Time

In order to achieve quality family time, the most important step is to set goals to achieve it in the first place. If you don’t complete this step and have no goals or plans you will simply go round in circles. You should always consider all of the things that you wish to achieve. Aside from your goals in your career or business, you should also set goals to get time for yourself and your family. Whatever you wish to accomplish for you and your family, write them down.

Set a Timeframe

Setting a timetable for your plans is also a key to achieving quality family time. After you have identified and written down your goals, make a timetable on a 24-hour basis outlining your daily activities.

After you have done this task, you can clearly see how much time you spend in taking care of your family or just simply being with them. If your quality family time is your priority then this should be evident in your daily schedule. You should not just squeeze in your family time where and when you can, Instead, make time for your family. Eat breakfast with them every day or set aside an hour every night before your children go to bed so you can spend some time with them.

Evaluate Your Priorities

Before you are able to adequately balance quality family time and work time, you have to determine what’s most important to you: money and self-fulfillment or time with your family. Once you know the answer to this question, you’ll be able to better navigate your way to a happy and balanced life.

When your priorities are clear to you then you can start your day knowing that you are in control of how you will use your time. Before the day ends, go over your accomplishments and see whether you were able to take care of your priorities as you planned. The information that you will gather from your assessment can be used to plan your actions for the following day. Always remember that we don’t live just to work. It is important to know how to spend time wisely so you can benefit from better relationships with your family and loved ones.

What do you do to ensure that you get quality family time with your family?

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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24 thoughts on “Achieve Quality Family Time

  1. Ironically, although I work from home to make family time easier, I seem to have less of it these days! It’s easy to forego family time when your home is your office, but I think if you can find the perfect balance of work and play, plus learn to schedule your work and family time, you’ll be ahead of the game. Now, if I could actually learn to do that…lol!
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  2. Establishing priorities and achieving balance is key, especially with a growing family. I have moved pasted that point with adult kids now. Still need to invest quality time with my spouse.

    Also chuckled at the 8 hour day concept. Reminded me of a post I recently saw where the person commented something like, “So you work an 8 hour day, I used to have a part time job like that.” :)
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    • Thanks for dropping by Michel, I think the 8 hour day is definitly a thing of the past for most people. I have many friends who look at me strange when i say i will work no more that 7 hours aday and take August off.

  3. Thanks for sharing Mike. I count myself quite lucky as I’m a teacher and have the same holidays as my kids which means I get to spend some quality time with them. As a principal I try not to do marking or blogging when the kids are up as that time is there time.
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    • Although not a teacher and with kids at University, my Wife is in the same position Gavin, and as I work for myself and of course being the time doctor, I make sure that i take holidays and breaks to coincide with hers. 😉

  4. My children are both adults living on their own, but the things we did to have quality time together when they were younger, are the same things they want to repeat when we see each other now! Dinners with pleasant conversations and no phones! When vacationing, choosing activities to do as a family–one of my favorite vacations was to Maui, where we each listed our top 3 things to do, and 2 of the 3 matched for all of us! (We all were able to do all of our top 3 though!!)

    • It’s surprising how often that my Wife and I find that when our Children come home from University all they want to do is the things they disliked as they were growing up, a nice quiet meal, and time to sopend with us. Funny ol world

  5. When my boys were small I always tried to find ways to make money from home by doing some type of home business. Eventually stumbled across free lance writing and then running my PLR store. Even so making time for your family is super important, even when your kids have left home.
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  6. Great piece Mike… always good to read a reminder of the importance of planning and prioritising, especially when it’s followed up by great advice about reflecting and evaluating so we continue to do better – whatever the goal! Thank you.

  7. Great post, Mike.

    I’m an empty-nester now, but when my kids were growing up, I rarely ever worked outside the home. That put us on a tight budget, of course, but I wouldn’t trade that time with my kids for all the money in the world. We did eat dinner at the table every night. It builds close bonds within the family. It’s a shame that it takes two incomes to raise a family these days.
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    • Thanks Patti, I’m very proud of the fact that other than when I was on operations with the forces, I never missed a parents evening, sports day etc, we also sat around the table to eat as a family most nights, like you, my kids live away now, but we are still incredibly close

    • I agree Pat, but I also believe that the biggest problem is that too many people try to squeeze in family time as and when they can instead of planning for it

  8. Great suggestions, Mike. We have established daily time to sit and listen to one another about the day. It has to be daily with teenagers because their lives and drama move so quickly!

  9. My child is grown and on her own, but Family Time applies to my relationship with my hubby. I schedule down time in my calender so we can hang out.
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