How to Spend Quality Time with Your Family

During the School Holidays

How to Spend Quality Time with Your Family

In the United Kingdom, we are now fully into the School Summer holidays. If you’re a parent, you will probably be finding that you’re juggling your work, family and hobbies.  The Summer break provides an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with the family.

However, if you’re a small business owner, you will also need to ensure that your business keeps ticking over during this period.  So how do you ensure that you strike the right balance between the most important things in your life – your family and the business you have worked so hard to build up?  If you’re organised and follow these tips, you can make it work:

Set goals

What do you want to achieve for the rest of the School holidays?  This should consist of places you want to visit/things you want to do and your work commitments.  Make a list of each, then put them into priority order.  Put a deadline next to all of your work commitments and then plan the weeks ahead.  You might be able to get your work completed in 2 days, leaving you 3 days for days out with the family.  Perhaps you can get important tasks completed in a few hours each morning. This will leave you the afternoons to spend quality time with your family.


Once you have identified the tasks that you need to do and allocated time each day/week for them. You might find that there are other tasks that it would be useful to do, to ensure you continue to have an online presence during this time.  In this instance, you can engage the services of an outsourced resource to carry out marketing on your behalf, process orders or answer routine emails and phone calls.

Eliminate distractions

A large portion of our day is often spent checking emails and Social Media accounts because we are constantly getting notifications to our phones.  If you want to spend quality time with your family, turn off your mobile data.  You’ll still be able to receive phone calls and texts. But the constant alerts about someone posting in a group you are part of, or emails about a networking event you’re invited to will be silenced. You can decide what to do with them when you turn your mobile data back on again.

Postpone meetings

Meetings can take up a great deal of time and often take place because they always have.  You might have always had a meeting every week with your team but it’s likely that this could take place once a month during the School holidays to free up your time and the time of your colleagues.

Write a to-do list

If you have decided to fit all of your work into two days a week or work mornings only during the School holidays, it’s a good idea to write a to-do list at the end of each day.  This will ensure that you have a clear idea of what needs doing when you start work the next working day and you don’t waste precious time trying to remember.

Hopefully these tips will help you to enjoy the School holidays and have quality time with your family without the constant worry and feelings of guilt, that you should be working instead.  Enjoy the Summer before it’s gone.

How do youb get the balance right between family and your business? Let me know in the comments You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner – 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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2 thoughts on “How to Spend Quality Time with Your Family

  1. I don’t really have a business that keeps me attached to my mobile device. My husband, on the other hand, manages several people and has to have them check in every morning. There are days when his phone is blowing up with text messages all day long from his employees. I’m not sure how he can get around that when he is on his days off, but I am certainly going to suggest he read this!