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Week 7: Spring into Balance

This 10 week initiative from Good Not Perfect and Simplify, Live, Love is aimed at simplifying, finding time for yourself, and being happier. You can read about the 10 week project here and here.

Spring into Balance Week 7 :

I am sure as you reflect on what you want to do every week, spending time with your loved ones is something that falls very high on the list.

Of my 168 hours each week, I spend approximately 108 of them with my kids.  Almost every minute that I’m not at work.  I spend probably 100 of these hours with my husband, when he is not traveling.  Subtract sleep and it’s way fewer than that – probably about 30 hours a week with my kids.  Subtract time tending to the kids and my husband and I probably have about 10 hours a week together, and usually in a 2 hour window at the end of a long day.  So how do we make these few precious hours count?

Every family is different when it comes to the quantity of time they have with each other.  But I want to focus on the fact that is that it’s not the quantity, but the quality of those hours that counts.  So this week, let’s toast to family memories.

Week 7 Journal Prompt:  What are some of your favorite family memories from growing up?

It may be vacation at a cabin on Lake Huron, hours spent hearing your mom read out loud the Little House on the Prairie series, Christmases, family game nights, or late night grocery (and everything else) trips to Meijer with your dad.   (I define family loosely here. It could be close friends, neighbors, or actual family.)

Whatever it is, I want you to think back and list some of the best of the best.  Then pay attention to how much time those activities took, and how often you did those things.  It could be useful for you to prioritize your own family time.

Now cut yourself some slack.  You may start to feel guilt for what you haven’t done lately.  But on the upside, you likely will remember lots of things you loved that were either a) not time consuming or b) somewhat infrequent.  This is going to be your “go to” list when it comes to creating ideas to prioritize your family time in your 168 hours.  And of course, spend some time dreaming about your next family vacation (where I’m convinced you can really catch up on whatever family time gets cut short during everyday life).

If you need some additional inspiration, you can read our blogger friend Debi’s forward-looking family memories.

Week 7 Homework:  Time with Loved Ones!

  • Continue your 10 minute tasks (introduced in Week 4) to free yourself up from nagging tasks.
  • Spend 10 minutes sometime in the next two days to fill out and synch up your weekly calendar.  Now that you’ve made some time with the past few weeks’ time saving tips, you should have a better grasp of where your time is allocated.  Schedule one new activity solely geared toward something fun for you and your loved ones (parents, spouse, kids, pets, close friends) each week.
  • Take a warm bath, do some yoga poses, or drink a hot tea or glass of wine (something you enjoy) in the evening, 2 nights.
  • Unplug:  Continue to shut off social media at a designated time.

Our hope is that at the end of this week, you have some ideas for increasing the quality of your family time, and getting a better grasp of a good ratio of quantity vs. quality.

Don’t forget to post pictures of any of these homework assignments, with the hashtag “#Springintobalance” and this week #unplug, #family, #priorities.  You can follow us on Instagram here and here.

Instagram prompts Spring into Balance

3 Comments on Spring into Balance: Quality Family Time

  1. Thanks for the link love. And, like I said, thanks for the assignment. I thought about a lot of wonderful things. One of the memories that stands out to me is a short and simple one… My mom was a single mom and I’m an only child, so we could do pretty much anything we wanted with little scheduling interference. We often stayed up late watching movies, and would get late night ice cream or cookie cravings. So, we’d hop in the car in our jammies and head over to the 24 hr grocery store to pick up munchies. Simple but sweet memories that make me smile.

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