Save Time: Family Time

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One of the most common issues for many entrepreneurs is getting family time. Some argue that they can enjoy life once they retire, or once the business is successful. But research has shown that taking a much-needed break can make your more productive. Besides what is the point of working for a life you are never going to live? Here are our 7 top tips to help you manage family life...

Use Slack for Family Life

Slack for family life? Wait, wait just hear us out! Many families now use a group messenger such as Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp to keep up to date with each other's lives. It saves time as you only have to type an update once, and everyone sees it. However, this can lead to countless notifications of conversations that do not require your input; then you end up missing the things you actually need to know. With Slack, you can still have access to the conversation but can change your settings only to get notifications once someone ‘tags’ you in to get your attention or an answer from you. Share photos, files, links, pretty much everything! Slack is also a good way to manage other things within the home such as shopping, errands and schedules.

Identify Time Spent

Determine where you are spending your time. When we are busy, it’s easy to get caught up in the little things. Once you have identified the things that take up your time, look at ways you can streamline the process, or whether they are things you need to eliminate. This process will also show you how much time you are spending with your family.

Outsource

Do what only you can do and outsource everything else. If you want to grow, you need to delegate. It’s as simple as that. There are only so many hours in the day which means you can only do so much. If the job is too small or you are not in the position to hire someone to outsource a task, look into online platforms such as Fancy Hands, People Per Hour, Upwork or Fiverr. Outsourcing a recurring task will free up time for family time, just be sure to rework your schedule to make sure your family see’s that time! Even just 10 minutes a day adds up!

2-4-1 Hobbies

Why not take up a new hobby with your spouse or child? Choose something that is regular, so you are more likely to treat it as an appointment. It also acts as a way for all of you to relax!

Mutual Understanding

Ask your spouse or child what is important to them, where they would like to see your time invested. For example, if they like doing a particular activity with you, prioritise that activity so that when you are extremely busy and cannot make other events they are more likely to understand.

Work After ‘Bedtime.'

After speaking to many successful male and female entrepreneurs with families, one tip became apparent. Finish earlier but work a few hours after the child’s bedtime. Those hours will tend to be quieter and uninterrupted, and you do not miss any family time.

Be Realistic

Be realistic about what you can and can’t achieve. Giving yourself an impossible to-do list is only going to leave you feeling unmotivated and unaccomplished. Set tangible to do lists and review them around 3 pm, regroup if need be, but if you are ahead of schedule, use that extra time well!

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About the author

Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover,  foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.