Finding Time For Your Family
Many of the people I work with, including those in the legal profession, often have one goal in mind – to spend more time with their children.
That’s one of the reasons they work long hours, so that they can earn a good income and live a particular lifestyle. However, because they work such long hours, they typically get home late when the children are already in bed.
When you’re running your own business or working in a senior or partner position in a firm, you may feel you’re expected to work long hours. You might also have a long commute between home and work or you need to work away from home for several days at a time.
Children grow up fast, so not spending time with them on a regular basis means you’re missing out on their growing up, especially when they’re young. Something you may regret at a later stage.
While you might not be able to be completely hands-on, don’t miss out on their childhood because you think you have to work.
Whether you work in an office or work from home, many parents can find themselves torn between their work and their home life.
– You feel guilty when you’re at work that you should be spending time with your children.
– You feel guilty when you’re with your children that you should be working.
Find the all important time to spend with your children as they grow up. After all – the reason you’re working hard is to provide for your family, don’t be an absent parent.
• Drop them off or pick them up from school. Perhaps not every day but at least once or twice a week.
• Read to them in the evening. It doesn’t take much out of your evening, it’s a great way to spend time with them and it’s a good reason to get back early.
• Get involved in their bedtime routine. Again, you might not be able to managed every day but at least when you can.
• Spend quality time with them – not with them but half working or distracted because you feel you should be working – but 100% focused on them, without the distraction of work.
When you work from home, you’re also juggling the responsibilities of being a parent with work. There’s the school runs, shopping, cleaning and cooking to distract you.
Working from home doesn’t mean you need to stick to a 9-5 routine, or that you should end up working long hours in order to fit everything in.
Make allowances, change your routine and plan your time more effectively. Get your work done in work time, so you’re free to spend time with the family in the evenings and at weekends. Avoid the trap of working late just because your office is in the room next door.
If you’re a hard working parent who’s working too hard and you’d like to spend more time with your children but struggling to find the time – get in touch.