Around the time you start to have children is the time responsibilities really begin to kick in. Having children that depend on you for almost everything shows you just how crucial it is to set a good example. And as a father, you will be responsible for many things. As a working father, you will need to juggle parenthood with a 9-5 working life. Getting any down-time for yourself is difficult, but not impossible. Normal things that happen every day can consume you, whether that’s your daily routine of taking your children to school, the after-school pickup, or juggling work with your children’s activities and events. With life going by so quickly, you want to be able to be present for your children as much as possible. This is why it is super important to be organised and manage your schedule well.
Make time for yourself
Take a look at your current schedule and see where you could be making some time for yourself. While you may think that there isn’t any spare time in your day or week to spend on yourself, you will almost always be able to fit in an hour or two a week with the right organisation. Even if you are Bill Gates, you will probably be able to wake up half an hour earlier or find ways to make more time out of your day. One way that you could save time by working from home, even one day a week. If this is a possibility for you, then it could save you a lot of time commuting to and from work. With commuting hours saved, as well as the increased productivity that is proven to result from remote working, you will have much more time in your day to do the things you like. If you are unable to work from home, then it is worth trying to cut down on your commute time by going in to work a little earlier when the traffic is lighter or asking if you can work on flexitime.
Have a group of dad friends
The question is, of course, what to do with the time you have free. Having a designated night of the week where you spend time with friends is a great way to decompress. You might want to have a beer night with a group of ‘dad friends’, or you might even want to give yourself a corner of the house- whether that’s a spare room or office space and turn it into your ‘mancave’ that you can transform using websites such as man cave bars uk and really make your space your own.
Find a new hobby
It is important to remember that downtime does not mean catching up on other work-related areas of your life, so while it may be tempting to catch up with your laundry or do some handy-work around the house, down-time is an opportunity for you to do things that you genuinely enjoy. Finding a new hobby isn’t as difficult as you might think, and with this age of technology you can find almost anything online. Of course, you might not need to discover a new hobby to have a good time.