Our family life can suffer at times due to busy work schedules and long office shifts. Many of us end up working over fifty hours a week, leaving us with little time for other activities. It’s also true that some people, while pursuing their career ambitions, do not prioritize spending quality time with their family. Moreover, it is increasingly being argued today that the whole idea of work-life balance is misleading or impossible to achieve. Just because something requires extra effort, however, does not mean it should be dismissed altogether. We should all be in a position to spend sufficient time with our families and simultaneously stay loyal to our work.
While spending each day ideally may not be achievable, we must strive to balance our work, family, and other needs over a longer period, say, a week or two, to keep our priorities in check. “You can’t do it all in one day. We need to elongate the time frame upon which we judge the balance in our life,” says Nigel Marsh, author of “Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up”. Building a career is, no doubt, very important, but it is equally vital to have adequate time for yourself and your loved ones. Here are some tips for spending quality time with your family, keeping in view the demanding nature of work these days, and drawing on the guidance of our Prophet (sa).
Wake up Early
It is a fine habit to rise with the sun and sleep early at night. Beginning the day early is not only good for our bodies but also has a profound effect on our productivity. The Prophet (sa) prayed: “O Allah, bless my people in their early mornings.” (Abu Dawud) Early mornings provide the opportunity for the entire family to recite and understand the Quran or engage in Dhikr. You can also establish a family workout routine before breakfast each morning, helping all family members bond together, stay fit, and start the day on a positive note.