There are many of us who work extensive hours every day to provide the life for our families that we want. However, do you realize that extensive time away from your family can be worse than not having creature comforts? Spending most of your time at the office instead of with your family can have detrimental effects over time. Your family could begin to feel comfortable without you around. Instead of a couple, your relationship with your spouse begins to feel more like a roommate role. The finer things in life are the moments of your children's life that will never happen again, not the fancy toys you have in your possession. Structure your time to be a part of your family's life before it is too late.
1. Scheduling - Make a schedule for your time that involves your family. Treat this as important as you'd treat a client. If you wouldn't allow your Secretary or assistant to interrupt your meeting with a client, don't allow them to interrupt your time with your family.
2. Less Responsibilities - Many of us who work in an office setting take on an immense amount of work so we can make that extra dollar. If your family doesn't know who you are, that extra dollar is meaningless. Reducing your workload to increase the time with your family can help create a more pleasant home-life. Isn't your family's happiness worth more than that 52" LCD you want?
3. Working From Home - Bringing your work home with you can be a double-edged sword. On one side, you can spend time with your family as you work throughout the day. On the other, you could become so enthralled with your workload that distractions from your family could cause immense stress. Scheduling time to work at home and balancing time with your family could be tricky at times and could depend solely on the type of work you do.
4. Isolate It - For those who are unable to bring their work home with them, keep it at work. Your family doesn't need to experience the stresses you face in your work-life. Although this is easier said than done in many circumstances, it is a practice that you need to work on implementing in order to keep work stress at work. Try to switch off your work ethics while at home and be a part of your family.
5. Their Needs - There are a lot of people who wind up getting roped in to doing extra work in order to further their career or pay. Although your heart may be in the right place, you could do more damage than good. Missing your child's recital, first baseball game, birthday, and more can drive a stake between yourself and your child that isn't easily removed. The child doesn't care how much money you make, just that you aren't there when they need you the most.
Making time for your family should be your greatest concern. Even for those who have little time to spare, there are always methods that can be implemented to ensure your family doesn't forget about you. The family is the most important aspect of your life and should be second to nothing. Jobs will come and go, but your family is permanent.