Making Time for the Little Things

5 tips to help you enjoy time with loved ones

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5 tips to help you enjoy time with loved ones

By Ashley Reynolds

All too often we get caught up in our everyday, busy lives and let little opportunities pass us by. But, whether they be family picnics or a game night in with friends, it’s the little things in life that make it all worth it. So, this summer, make sure you’re carving out time to spend with the people you care about!

Not sure how to balance it all? These tips should help.

Schedule time. We all block off time on our calendars for work events and meetings, so why not do the same with our personal priorities? Simply writing down when we’ll be taking an hour for a family bike ride or a day to go to the beach can be the difference between thinking about it and actually doing it.

Make your time count. Although we all need a lazy afternoon in every now and then, it’s a better idea to use the majority of your free time doing something fun or going to a social event. Make it a general rule to plan out your free time with little activities that make you smile and enjoy life.

Unplug. Spending time with friends and family just isn’t the same when your mind is constantly on your other priorities. So, remove the temptation of letting your mind wander by putting your phone aside and committing to really being present — sometimes it’s okay to just make things wait!

Plan mini-vacations. Sure, a long week away would be nice, but it’s not just the grandiose trips that make memories. It can be just as fun to enjoy a day on the lake or a short weekend getaway, plus it’ll be easier to swing with your busy schedule.

Say no. If there’s a task you just don’t have time for or a work event that conflicts with something on your personal calendar, have the courage to say no on occasion. After all, you only have so much time in each day and it’s important to put yourself and your loved ones first whenever you can.

Remember, life is all about balance. So, whether your dream is to excel in your career, raise a family or launch your own business, be sure to make time for the little things and people you care about – it’ll only make your life that much richer!

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