Spending time with your family and friends is key to maintaining good mental health and well being. Studies have shown that people with strong relationships and ties to the community live longer and healthier lives. (Blue zones)
We all have crazy schedules and are trying to balance work and family. Here are some tips on how to set some quality time with family.
Turn off your phone
Turn off your phone when you are with your family (or friends). Do not bring it with you to dinner. Set daily limitations if you have to. There are apps or settings on most smartphones to help you with this.
Limit the number of hours you work per week
If you are working 70 to 80 hours a week, you are not spending enough time with your friends or family.
You have 168 hrs a week.
Minus 56 hours for sleep (assuming you sleep 8 hours a night)
Minus 40 hours for work
Minus 10 hours for the daily commute to work (average)
This leaves you with 62 hours of family time, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, paying bills, etc.
If you work 80 hours you are only left with only 22 hours which averages out to 3 hours per day for your home life. This is not healthy or sustainable.
You are going to burn out.
Do not bring work home or answer work calls after hours
Go to work. Get your work done. Come home and spend time with your family.
Schedule family time like you would a meeting
Schedule family time in your calendar. You can share a calendar with your family members on your phone’s calendar or get a whiteboard calendar. Schedule activities or a weekly dinner with your family. Make it mandatory for all.
Plan a family vacation
Sometimes you just need to get away. Gather up your family and go somewhere away from your daily routine. If your budget is tight, plan a road trip or a fun outing at your local park, amusement park or museum. Just make it fun!
Call your Family!
Don’t text, Call! You can Facetime / Skype/ WhatsApp if long-distance charges apply. Just have a conversation.
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Please note that this is not a promotional post and I am in no way affiliated with Blue Zones.