As the lifestyle patterns are changing, it’s getting even more challenging for people to juggle the time and focus between their job and personal life. Due to the never ending tasks, apart from working hours, many people these days are putting in extra hours by using their smartphones to access emails, calls etc. We bet you do it too, don’t you?
Professionals try their best to blend work and home in a way that they don’t have to avoid their loved ones and also at the same time lose their foothold on success. Giving both work and home their due is essential. Deciding on where, when and how to be available for work is a constant challenge, predominantly for executives with families.
In order to spend quality time with your family and at the same time enjoying your work, it is vital to find a balance between these two worlds. Here are five tips for working professionals to spend more time with their families:
1. Have a Structured Schedule or Routine
Without any doubt, a lot of people wake up in the morning, take a shower, sometimes have breakfast and go to work. And later, they complain of not being able to take out time for their family. What is missing here is a pre-planned schedule. Having a plan for the week will help you manage work, plan activities that refresh your mood and spend time with your family.
Always set a standard time for work for which you want to dedicate yourself to. For those who have a standard 9-5 job, it’s good for them to work within that time frame and focus on their family, but for those owning a business or who work as freelancers, sometimes it gets difficult as they do not have a regular schedule. If you have nothing listed down in your week’s schedule, time will fly away with the blink of an eye.
Tip: Try waking up 2-3 hours before leaving work so that you can spend some quality time with your family!
2. Avoid activities that take up your time
When in office, it usually happens that after work you indulge into getting into conversations with fellow colleagues or sit down for snacks. These activities tend to take up a lot of your time and also add no value. Activities that make you less efficient, like staying on calls, spending time on the web etc. tend to make you spend more time at office and reach home late. Setting up specific time for these activities at work, a proper time to check emails or responding to calls let you have some peace of mind.
Tip: List down the trivial activities that consume your maximum time and avoid including them in your routine!
3. Re-think and Re-plan your Tasks
Try to organize your tasks of the day in such a way that each task can be planned according to its importance. For example: You can hire a guy down the lane to water your plants or order your groceries online and have them delivered before you reach home. Some tasks cannot be avoided at times, but then, at that time ask yourself whether that particular task has to be done right away or it can wait.
Tip: Setting up a realistic time to execute your tasks of the day will help you spend more time with your family!
4. Eat Well, Sleep Well & Do Not Forget To Exercise
You should not just eat to fill your hunger, but eat well. A well balanced diet fuels the brain and strengthens mental health. Followed by this is extracting time for exercise. Well, it does get difficult for a lot of people to take out time for exercise from their busy work schedule. You can plan a workout with your family members which will help you boost your energy level and in spend time with your family too. Exercise will help you increase memory, focus time and ability to handle stress. Make sure you get enough sleep after the busy day at work. A good sleep will help improve your mental performance, reduce stress and make you active. A combination of all these will help you balance your work and family life!
5. Relax, Revive and Rejuvenate
A busy day at work, endless calls, meetings, travelling, getting household tasks done and a lot more; there is no end to your daily routine, right? You tend to balance everything or at least try your best to do so. But then, a little relaxation goes a long way in reviving and rejuvenating you for your all your errands. Adding activities to your schedule that are important, setting up realistic goals to balance work and family life, indulging yourself in a hobby you love or planning a weekend out with your family will help you revive yourself. Taking deep breaths in between your work will help you recharge your body and mind. Having a healthy body and mind will help you manage your work life and focus on your family.
Follow these tips and stay connected with your families, always!