How to Organize Your Free Time With Your Family

How to Organize Your Free Time With Your Family

It can be difficult to make time for fun family activities when you are working, cleaning, going to school, and sleeping. There may appear to be insufficient hours in the day to have fun with your children. As a result, it is critical to eliminate unnecessary time wasters in your life in order to increase your free time. You can also involve your children in daily chores by turning them into games. If you carefully examine your schedule, you will discover that you, too, can create free time from chaos.

Method 1 Managing Your Schedule

1. Make a list of everything you and your family did last week. Make use of a blank piece of paper or a weekly calendar. Include your work schedule, family activities, TV viewing time, and daily commute. Even if you don’t like what you see, be brutally honest with your schedule. Examine it to see where you and your family spend the most time. As an example:

  • Write down what time you and your family members woke up every day.
  • Note when you commute to work and how long you spend at work.
  • Make a list of the things you and your family did after work each day, such as extracurricular activities, housework, and running errands.

2. Determine time sinks. By eliminating or reducing time-wasting activities, you can free up more time for yourself and your family. To identify these activities, try sitting down as a family and identifying activities that you all engage in that could be classified as time sinks or time wasters.

Ask your significant other and children, “What do you believe takes up the majority of your free time? What are your most egregious time wasters?” Then, take notes on what everyone says.

Once you’ve compiled a list of everyone’s time sinks, collaborate to find ways to reduce or eliminate time sinks. For example, if your significant other says they spend a lot of time at the end of the night organising the family room, you could suggest that organising the family room become a family activity. This will save your significant other time organising the room, and it may be a good opportunity for your family to work together as a team.

Also, remember that everyone requires some alone time to unwind. While you may regard your adolescent son’s after-school television viewing as a waste of time, he may regard it as an important part of his daily winding down routine.

3. Make a new weekly schedule that includes group activities. You’ll have hours to devote to family activities now that you’ve eliminated the time-wasters in your life. Begin with a blank sheet of paper and list all of your time commitments. Fill in the schedule information for the rest of your family members. Schedule family activities wherever you can to fill your free time.

Aim for an hour of family time on weeknights and slightly more time on weekends.

Allow your children to help you choose the activities you’ll participate in. This will help to keep their attention.

Avoid cramming too many taxing family activities into a single day. For instance, if you go to the zoo on a Saturday afternoon, treat yourself to a relaxing movie night on Tuesday evening.

Method 2 Finding Group Activities

1. Take into account your family’s preferences. Make plans for family outings that everyone will enjoy. Choose activities that all of your children, regardless of age, will enjoy. If your adolescent child isn’t excited about group outings, rekindle their interest by allowing them to choose the activity. Here are some examples of age-inclusive events:

Going on a weekend trip to a nearby tourist attraction

Going to a soccer game

Working on a home project together

2. Check your city’s website for events. Most cities and towns have well-maintained websites that list free and low-cost family activities. There are also coupons for local museums and restaurants. If you can’t think of anything to do with your kids, go to that website for ideas. Among the family-friendly events hosted by the city are:

Carnivals

Holiday festivals

Petting zoos

Book fairs

3. Go outside and do something. Between school and work, chances are you and your child spend a lot of time indoors. Spending time outside together can improve both your health and your mood. Go for a walk, play tag, hopscotch, or throw a football around.

If you don’t have a yard, go to a nearby park and spend some time there.

If you have the time, take your kids camping to make the most of their time outside.

4. Take your children to a sporting event. Competitive events are exciting to attend and may inspire your child to pursue a lifelong interest. Find events that are based on shared interests. Attend a martial arts competition, for example, if you both enjoy Bruce Lee movies. Among the other events are:

Sports games

Dance competitions

Chili cook-offs

Short film competitions

Method 3 Incorporating Family Time into Your Daily Routine

1. Involve your children in household tasks. If you work on your house for hours every day, try involving your children and making it a fun family activity. For example, have your children assist you in preparing dinner. Allow them to select the recipe (within reason), stir the bowl, and taste the finished product. They’ll learn to cook, and you’ll have more time to spend with your children. Other examples include making house cleaning a game by awarding points and prizes.

Planting and caring for a garden together

Doing a timed ten-minute housecleaning with treats as rewards

2. Make the most of Saturdays. Set aside Saturdays for family activities if you don’t work. Spend the day outside with your children, grilling burgers. Alternatively, you could take a day trip to a nearby tourist attraction. This will get your children out of the house and teach them about their neighbourhood. Among the other Saturday activities are:

Going to the closest beach or national park to spend time outdoors

Visiting a fire station and learning about being a firefighter

Going to an art or science museum

Doing volunteer work with your children

3. Begin a family hobby. Find something that everyone enjoys and devote some time to it once a week. You will have the opportunity to spend quality time with your children while teaching them a skill or fostering an interest. For instance, if your children are interested in computer games, try creating a simple game with them.

If your child enjoys cooking, enrol the entire family in a series of cooking classes.

Join a robotics club with your child if he or she enjoys playing with electronics.

4. Make a relaxing environment for teenagers. The majority of teenagers are uninterested in family activities or day trips. You will, however, most likely want to spend quality time with your child. Create a welcoming, comfortable environment that is ideal for hanging out and talking. You and your teen can have a snack, do homework, or simply talk in this area.

Add pillows to the chairs at your kitchen table, for example, to make them more inviting. While you cook, your teen can hang out and do homework.

Make certain that the area is clean and inviting. If the area is cluttered, your adolescent may be unwilling to spend time there.

Allow your teen to make design decisions when arranging the space to pique their interest.

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