We’ve all heard the stories before where a young child wants to spend time with his father but can’t because he is at work. The young child asks the mum why dad always has to work and she tells him because they need money. So the young child goes back to his room and finds as much money as he has. He then brings the money to his mum and asks if the money he has is enough for some time with dad. It is an absolute tear-jerker of a story, but this is more of a reality than one might imagine.
Balance Work And Life
There is an art to balancing your work life with your home life. For many, work ends up winning the battle. The primary reason that work wins … money. Just like the story above, the family needed money and dad was off working to pay their bills. Unfortunately, it’s not just dad working anymore; mum generally has to jump in as well in order to cover all of their living expenses.
Finding the right balance between work and home can be extremely difficult, but it is not impossible. What you need to do is find a way to manage your time wisely. For many, this is an arduous task. Since we expect apps to do anything we want, if there isn’t an app to help us manage our time, then we stutter and stumble.
Time Management (Without An App)
It is important to understand how much time we actually have in a day. For most, we have approximately sixteen hours each day available to us. Now, we have to make the best of what we have available to us. For some, we have other activities as well including exercise, showers and personal care, appointments and so much more. When you really think about it, we really don’t have a lot of “extra” time for other things … say, like family.
It is a matter of prioritising what is most important to us. Now of course, we always think our family is important to us, but do we show it? This is where the rubber really seems to meet the road. We look at our dedication to a job we really don’t like as a way of showing our family that they are important. The problem, the rest of the family does not see it this way. They see you as totally uninvolved with them, what they are concerned with. To take it a step further, do you really spend much time with them on Saturday or Sunday when you are off?
So, how do you prioritise your life to where your family feels important? By figuring out what is a necessity and what isn’t. Of course we understand that work is a top priority so we will expect it to take the majority bulk of your day. However, is exercise really more important than connecting with your children? Maybe you could cut thirty minutes from your routine and spend it with your children, or your wife. Maybe instead of hanging out at the bar with your friends every Tuesday and Thursday, you could have a “family fun night”.
Your work life balance can be hard to manage, as time is stripped away extremely fast. Work literally takes out more than 50% of your available time (and closer to 75% when you consider travel and preparation).Using solid time management planning, we can find ways to make our family feel important. Making time for your family should be your first priority behind work. In the end, your family is your number one priority; so make them feel like they are your first and last thought every night (even if you are worried about paying the bills this week)!