When Is Too Busy For Work Too Much For The Kids?

November 02, 2018

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Myself doing work at the weirdest location
As parents, it's common for us to say that we don't have enough time in a day to finish anything. We fill our days with mundane things for the sake of looking productive because doing otherwise means being lazy or worse being a bad parent.

Life as we know it has become faster than we had hoped for. We pride ourselves with how good we are at multitasking, and we urge other people to be the same way. But what we don't realize is that our kids are suffering from this addiction to productivity.

In between being a family man, I'm a customer service professional, a writer, an editor, and an entrepreneur. I've realized that being 'busy' does not equate to being productive let alone, being successful.

Doing less is actually good for you

Nothing should trump over spending more time with your family. Time management is a word that's often passed around but seldom practiced.

How to Spend More Time with your Kids

Manage your time wisely

Easier said than done, right? But doing this alone will give you the balance you should be aiming for. Always practice moderation.

I know that we all want to give our kids a comfortable life. But if you work yourself to the ground and if you spend every single day working and looking for more work, you'll eventually break at some point, and it may be too late by then to make up for lost time. I'm guilty of this, and I know you are too.

Manage your schedule as a family. Work as a couple in managing day-to-day and weekly activities. Block out dates on your calendars for family activities. If weekend work is inevitable, make up for it during the weekday. You can do family movie nights with the kids one day a week and let them choose which movie to watch. And yes, that includes re-watching Trolls or Moana a hundred times over.

Learn to say NO often

Saying no to people is an art that everyone should master. We are often the victim of people pleasing, and we don’t realize what this kind of behavior is costing us.

When we learn to say no to people, we gain more time to do the things we like. We start doing things for the right reasons and not just because of guilt. We already have so many responsibilities and adding up more to it will only make matters worse.

Be in the moment 

There’s no use spending time together as a family if you’re mind is elsewhere.

Turn off notifications - put your phone in silent or better yet put it away. Phone notifications are designed to take your attention away.

Listen attentively- respond to your kid's cues and take this time as an opportunity to develop a closer relationship.

Do focused work - when you’re working, don't half-ass it. Do deep and concentrated work; this’ll enable you to finish faster and accomplish a lot more things. Ultimately, time saved can go towards spending more time with your family.

Admittedly, I tend to overwork too and I sometimes don’t get the right balance. This imbalance usually results with me missing out some awesome moments with my son. Start doing less today, eliminate unimportant things in your life and know that being 'too busy' isn't an excuse.

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