Quality time vs. Quantity of time

I’m so delighted to hear that my company will be extending our 4-day work week arrangement to March. In fact, I’m craving for more off days now.

With the shorter work week, I can spend more time with my son. Somehow, it makes me realize that the quantity of time cannot be replaced by the quality of time. To our children, any time spent with us is quality time, so the more the merrier, isn’t it?

Having said this, the “quality” of the time is important too. We parents must truly commit to the time we spend with our children with no other distractions, i.e. no phone calls, no TV etc. It doesn’t make sense to claim that we spend quality time with our children when in fact, we watch TV while they play on their own.

For any full-time working mothers (like me!), the number of hours that we can spend with our children is very limited. On weekdays, I spend about 3.5 hours with little Edison; from the time I reach home at 6:30pm till Edison’s sleep time at 9:30pm, plus another half an hour in the morning before I go to work.

That is why I don’t schedule any personal appointment during the weekdays. I hate it when I get home late and little Edison is asleep. I want to kiss him goodnight and tell him how much I love him every night without fail.

On the weekends, I dedicate most of my time to my family. I avoid working on weekends, unless there are critical issues that require my attention. Otherwise, I’ll leave them till Monday.

To maximize the amount of time for my family, I’m surviving on these time management tips:

At work:
1. During the working hours, concentrate and focus in my work. Finish my work on time and be able to go home early.
2. Avoid overtime. If there are any urgent tasks, bring them home rather than doing overtime in the office. I can continue my work from home after Edison is asleep.

At home:
1. Outsource all house chores. Get a domestic helper to lighten my burden on the house chores.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from in-laws, parents or friends.
3. Exchange tips and ideas with friends and colleagues. They may be able to give advice to the problems that I’m facing.

Work and family are two sets of emotions. It all depends on how we prioritize each day. Strike a balance between them is difficult, but definitely NOT impossible. 🙂

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Jennie February 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Eh, so you will be free for a weekday playdate then? =)

Emily February 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Playdate? When is it? If I’m not working, I can join you.. 🙂

Jennie February 27, 2009 at 12:44 PM

You let me know which are the days you are not working then I see which day I am free lor … heeee, let me know.

Sam February 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

wow, 4 days work week. i wud luv tat too!

Emily February 27, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Yeah, 4 days workweek is cool! Hahaha! Although there is a certain level of paycut, it’s fine with me….

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