Family Time Management
1. Forget quality, go for quantity
Family time management! Do you spend as much time as you want to with your family? Do you spend as much time as you need to with your kids? Many people we speak to do not. In fact this seems to be one of biggest sources of stress today. You want to spend more time with your family, but work demands your time.
Point number three is about boys spending time with their Dad.
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1. Forget Quality Time -- Go for Quantity Time
There is a lot of talk these days about spending quality time with your family. You probably hear people say 'quality time is more important than quantity'. There is no doubt quality time is important. But quantity is just as important.
AND, I believe, as does Brian Tracy, Stephen Covey and others, that you only get quality time through quantity time.
This is principle I picked up when studying high performing people. De Bono emphasis the same point in terms of creativity. The principle is that quantity brings quality. Or if we look at it from the opposite point of view, it is very difficult guarantee quality time happens when you want it to happen.
Imagine this scenario. You are an organised person, having built your time management system from all the great information on this site. You schedule Thursday 5.30 to 6.30 to have some quality time with time with your 12 year old daughter. When 5.30 Thursday comes around what happens? What is the likely hood you and your daughter can create quality time instantly?
What is quality time anyway?
I suggest that if you believe in quality time you should have a clear definition for what it is - and is not. In my experience quality time, let's define it has special, memorable moments experienced together, just happen when you are in the middle of doing something.
Spend more time doing stuff together as a family and with the members of your family and you will that the quality of the relationships improve significantly.
May your life be whole and balanced :-)
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