Family 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