I love taking my kids to school in the morning. To do this I wake up earlier than usual to start my morning rituals of prayer, reading and writing, so I’m ready to go when they are. Trying to balance work and family is always a challenge, in many cases one comes at the price of the other. Here are a few things I do to find balance.

Wake Up Earlier

Instead of waking up half an hour before work and rushing out the door, wake up an hour before. Spend the extra time having breakfast with your partner, playing with your kids, or bettering yourself. This will start your day with the right kind of energy. Plus waking up early gives you more time in the day and if time is so precious we should create more of it.

Set Priorities

When people fill their day with meetings, events, or dinners, their schedule may be full but what’s the point of a schedule full of everything you don’t want to be doing? Before you plan something ask yourself “Is this really where I want to be?”. Don’t fill up your day without thinking about what matters to you because then you will start to see all the important things in life come second like family, friends, exercise, and adventure. It should be the other way around.

Connect

Spend time connecting with the people you love. I say connecting because just being together isn’t connecting. When my wife and I are lying on the couch together watching an episode of Friends we’re together, not connected. But when we turn the TV off to talk we are listening to each other, smiling at each other, connected in each other’s thoughts. Those moments bring love to life, live them more often.

We’ve all been given the same amount of time in a day, what separates happy people from stressed people is simply where one chooses to focus their time. It’s a choice we make as the sun rises and a decision we live with when the sun sets. You always have the choices and you always have the power to make the decisions that bring a smile on your face, never forget that.