I’ve been asked several times by friends, family and clients how on earth I manage my time to perform as a health professional, create content, produce positive blog and vlog health, business and lifestyle videos on social mediums such as Facebook, YouTube and SnapChat. It’s funny I actually wondered myself, I didn’t realise I was doing it already without knowing! It’s all about staying organised.
Oh, and it’s also about being grateful for your kid(s) and knowing how important they are to you. Sometimes we forget. Same goes for most personal relationships we lose the ‘feel good’ lustre that it had. Think about it, when you first met your spouse, partner and your child it was an absolute exciting time, you were all filled up with great emotions but after a while we get complacent, we take them for granted and the relationship isn’t the same anymore. It happens. It’s sad but it happens. Of course the title says making time for your kids or any child/ren that is under your care however, the 5 ways can also be applied to any relationship.
1. SCHEDULE IT
Be organised. Those who say they’re so busy that they have no time are too busy whinging and complaining are not efficient and are unorganised. Your time is precious and so are your loved ones. Check out my video about “Controlling your Time“. Plan your time and stay committed to it!
“YOUR TIME IS PRECIOUS AND SO ARE YOUR LOVED ONES”
2. ONE-ON-ONE TIME
Whether or not you have one or more children it is important that you organise time for each child on your own. Having one-on-one time is so special and valuable for your child. If you are incredibly busy then taking at least 30 minutes out of your schedule to spend some time alone time with your child to read, create or play can be fantastic. I’ve only got one child (so far!), but for those who have more children but you have limited time, I would advise to spend HIGH QUALITY time with each child. You don’t have to necessarily spend equal times with each child.
3. TAKE A ‘PLAY WITH YOUR KID’ BREAK
If you’ve been sitting at your desk or at your work station for wayy to long then a break is needed! You need to anyway. If you’re at work late at night and you’ve missed out on family dinner then you can always take 5-10 minutes out of your time to a ‘FaceTime’, ‘Whatsapp’ or even a Snapchat video to your children, just to let them know that you’re thinking of them. Your children will be in awe and excited to see their parent or guardian! For those who are busy at home then same thing applies, take 5-10 minutes to have a quick ‘check-in’ with your child when they’re playing with their ‘Lego’, reading a book, watching tv or doing their homework. When your break finishes make sure you leave them either laughing hysterically, smiling or in any positive manner. Even though you’re busy as f–k, whatever type of relationship you have with your child should be in a positive manner.
4. BE INVOLVED WITH THE LITTLE THINGS – THEY MATTER
You are so time strapped, it’s ridiculous! I get it. I really do. Some days I’m full up with tasks and deadlines I have to meet. It happens. My wife knows that I’d be busy so I’m left alone to get the work done asap. However, I do make time to do the little things with my daughter such as brushing her teeth, eating with her, putting her socks and shoes on or making her a sandwich! Little things that we all do which only take a matter of minutes can be made to be of high quality for your child/ren because you were simply there.
5. TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
I didn’t want to use the word ‘KILL’ in this step because it’s a nice article about kids. But you get the notion. For those who don’t, it simply means succeeding in achieving two things in one action. Such as going to the grocery store for milk and grabbing some petrol on the way. In this case, if you’re at your workstation busy as hell, you can always have your children assist you with little, simple things that don’t harm your work. You can ask them to carry, pack or sort things, whatever it is, they would feel valued and important to your cause.
If you want to go for your run or some exercise then simply get them involved too! I’ve got clients who attend a bootcamp which also caters for kids too, so that they can do their exercise with their children also involved!
One thing I love doing is going to the supermarket. If my wife needs something from the supermarket I usually take my daughter with me. It means that we can sing songs in the car, have a chat to her while we shop and she can help scan items and pay too. Incorporating time with your children is an easy process. You just have to make it clear.
LET’S MAKE THINGS CLEAR
These aren’t hard to do are they? Very simple and effective. When I first started my business and till my daughter was about 6-10 months old, I used to be so busy that it was painful for my little baby/toddler to not recognise me. She would cry or be scared of her old man. That hurt. It really did. She would be more inviting and comfortable with other people who really spent time with her. I quit complaining and decided to control my time well.
“NO TIME FOR YOUR KIDS TODAY,
YOUR KIDS WON’T HAVE TIME FOR YOU TOMORROW”
In the distant future, when your children are reminiscing about their childhood they’ll say, “Dad/Mum were so busy making sure we had everything but they always made time to spend with us. We had a great childhood”. And remember, this time management culture will rub off your children too for their children and many more generations!