Wondering how to spend more time with family? You can find pockets of time using these 9 quick actions you can do today. Perfect for busy moms!
Between working, keeping house and child-rearing tasks, parents are time-deprived and busy.
We’re rushing to get home in time to see our two-year-old for 15 minutes before he’s out for the night. Or we feel guilty for hopping on the computer while our kids are asking us to color instead.
How do we find this invisible time for our families?
We can take two approaches. Make big changes that yield drastic results, or make small changes that are doable on a daily basis. This article will offer quick action items you can do right now to help you regain time for your family.
9 quick actions to spend more time with family
We’re here to discuss quick actions you can take today—even right now—to help you make more time. To regain your sanity and ensure you’re not speeding through life with kids in tow, try the following.
#1: Drop the time-draining activities you don’t really enjoy.
Take a good look at which activities you do that don’t even yield as much satisfaction. The biggest culprit for most people is television, especially since it’s so easy to get sucked in. I’ve even reduced online browsing.
#2: Be picky with your hobbies.
I recently hit a new record for the longest stretch of blogging at one time: seven hours. Granted, it was for the re-design of this blog and I set aside this time to do just that. On a normal day, I blog for about two hours at most every day.
But this just goes to show that even enjoyable activities can eat up your time when left unchecked. Ask yourself if your hobbies are consuming too much of your time, no matter how enjoyable.
#3: Cook the night before.
Leftovers may not be for everyone, but I tend to cook after the little guy is already asleep. That way I can focus 100% on him when he’s awake. If a recipe is simple, then I can get away with having my toddler help me cook.
But more often than not, my husband and I cook in the later part of the evening and re-heat the next day. Not too fancy, I know, but hey it saves us a ton of time!
#4: Pack the night before
Similarly, pack the night before, especially if you expect a hectic next day. For instance, make sure to pack your lunch, purse and diaper bag. Lay out (or at least picture in your mind) what you and your kids plan to wear the next day.
#5: Get enough sleep.
Funny how sleeping a bit more consumes time in the evenings. But proper rest ensures you’re sharp and less likely to forget something.
#6: Wake up earlier.
Once you get enough sleep, you’ll be able to wake up earlier and squeeze in a few to-dos before your kids are up. As the worst morning person ever, I have a difficult time following this tip. But I do my best because those extra few minutes make such a difference. I’ll wake up before the kids to get dressed as well as start on our breakfast.
Rather than deep-cleaning every day, wipe as you make messes and put items away as you go along. While you may not have a sparkling clean house, at least you’ll avoid piles of mess or accumulating dust.
#8: Break major chores down over a month.
My husband and I used to have chores we rotated on a weekly basis. Suffice it to say, having a kid—while messier—afforded less time to complete them. Rather than stress about the lack of time and extra mess, we rotate major chores on a monthly basis instead. This keeps the house generally clean while not eating up too much time.
#9: Be particular of invitations and outings.
I’m a member of about three meet up groups and sadly I’m not able to attend every single one, nor will I make it a point to. To avoid over-scheduling, I’m picky about our outings and turn invitations down.
Perhaps the biggest rule to make more time for your kids is to consider your priorities. Give more time to activities and tasks higher on your priority list. Then limit or cut those that don’t offer much enjoyment or returns.
Examine what’s eating your time and see if its contributions to your life are worth the time you spend on it.
Focus on your kids’ well-being. We provide for kids in many ways—from finances to nutrition, education to entertainment. All are necessary, but it’s easy to lose sight of their well-being and sharing a simple moment.
Don’t run around frantic, squeezing in a coloring session while juggling work emails. Take that as a sign to slow down and find effective ways to reclaim your time.
Get more tips about family life:
- How to Make Time for Yourself (Especially if You Have Kids)
- Time Management Tips for Your Evenings with the Kids
- Smart Ways to Cope When You’re Tired All the Time
- Why Babies Need Attention AND Alone Time
- How to Get Out the Door on Time (Even with Young Kids)
When have you felt like you don’t have enough time for your family? What activities would you substitute in lieu for more time?
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