find more time in the day: Time Management Strategies
If you're not successfully managing your time, it's impossible to successfully balance work and family. We're got solutions to help you manage your time - both at work and at home.
Delegate. Review your projects and tasks and make sure you're taking care of the items that only you can take care of. If you have the option, delegate other items and tasks.
Minimize interruptions. Shut your door, put in the headphones, put the phone on "do not disturb" - do what it takes to get the job done. You may want to even disconnect from the internet if need be.
Turn off e-mail. Checking and responding to every e-mail as soon as it comes in your inbox can waste hours of your day. Schedule times to check e-mail and stick to that schedule. Communicate this practice to your coworkers so they can reach you with urgent items.
Do activities as a family. Eat dinner as a family or pick up a sport to get some exercise together. Enlist older kids' help on projects around the house. You'll check things off your to-do list while you spend time with your family.
Develop a routine. This can make mornings much less hectic and get kids into bed quicker in the evening. When everyone knows what to do and where to go, you can save anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour.
Turn off electronics. E-mails and texts add up. Turn your phone off for at least 30 minutes to an hour each night and spend that time with your family.
Make sure you track how you're spending your time (using your calendar) so you can see exactly where your time goes. Record everything - even the time you spend watching TV or traveling from place to place.
Once you know where you spend your time, check to see that it lines up with your priorities. If family dinner is a priority, but you only spent 30 minutes eating with your family this week, you know you need to make some changes.
Getting a successful time management system takes some work, but once you've got a system, we guarantee you'll be able to more effectively balance work and family and, hopefully, get more time with your kids.