Your Family is First

Whether you’re starting your own business or laboring for “the man”, most people devote at least 40 hours per week (and in many cases more than that) to work.

If you’re one of those people, I have a simple question to ask:

How much time are you devoting to your family?

One of the biggest drawbacks of our digital age is constant connectivity to the workplace.

Even when we’ve left the office for the day, we haven’t really left if our smartphones and laptops are still chiming away with incoming emails and desktop notifications.

When work leaves the workplace, nine times out of ten it’s at the expense of the family.

Your spouse, your kids, your parents…they don’t want or deserve that kind of treatment.

How do I know?—because I lived it. Before my illness, I was cranking out 80 hours of work per week between the home and office.

Though the rewards were lucrative, I discovered they weren’t more important than spending time with family—whether it be my parents, kids, wife, or in-laws.

I know you have bills to pay, obligations to meet, and professional goals to attain but—trust me—finding free time for family isn’t has difficult as it seems, especially if you can optimize your time and abide by strict rules when it comes to your device usage.

Treat your home like the sacred space it is—a space for intimacy, growth, and interpersonal connections with the most important people in your life.

Here are some simple tips to help you keep work AT work:

Shut Down

Before you walk in the front door of your home, turn off your smartphone and leave it off. It sounds easy but it’s harder than it seems. If you find yourself struggling to switch your work-related devices off when you get home, try using an accountability tool like Pavlok to help you kick the habit.

Plan Ahead

If you know a particular day is going to require an overload of work-related labor, wake up early. Use the time your family is sleeping to your advantage, get ahead on the day’s work so when you come home from the office for the day you’re done, rather than still being on the clock.

Get Someone Else to Do It

Ask yourself a simple question: do I really need to be doing this myself? If the answer is no, ask one someone else to do it, or – better yet – outsource it.

Understand the Extra Work isn’t Paying Off

The notion the idea that hours worked and productivity are positively correlated is one many of us—particularly in the United States—have been conditioned to believe. Unfortunately, research suggests otherwise. There’s actually a weekly threshold for hours worked—once that threshold is met, productivity plummets. When you realize the results aren’t worth the rigor, you’ll find an easier time switching off for the day going home to your kids.

Incorporate these four changes to your life, and you’ll be amazed at how much time you can free up for those who matter most.

-Ari