Even though your children may be giddy with excitement over the clay model they crafted for Father's Day, you would be excused if you didn't have the countdown to Sunday in the back of your mind. Your buzzing phone and pinging email account are constant reminders that some remote person is seeking, no, demanding your attention. During these moments, it's much too easy to forget about the family side of life. But don't just take my word for it. These business leaders share advice they overcame around-the-clock job pressures to make time for family.
Cut Your Commute:
GoHealth President Brandon Cruz
Every minute spent commuting is one minute less for family. Cruz says he and his wife moved within an eight minute commute to GoHealth's Chicago office. The short commute allows Cruz to arrive home in time for a sit-down dinner with the family.
Put Your Family First:
Cure Urgent Care CEO Elan Katz
Spending time with family communicates commitment and good values to children, says Elan Katz, founder and CEO of Cure Urgent Care. Katz says he spends weekends teaching his two kids how to bike, cook, play chess and more. Dedicating time to be around family is part of being a good role model and a good father, says Katz. "The key is to set and prioritize time to do what they love to do and to inspire them to be better people, all around."
Don't Miss the Milestones:
ProPhase Labs CEO Ted Karkus
With two boys, CEO of Prophase Labs Ted Karkus once had to spend three days away from his family at his company headquarters. He then vowed, never again. The quintessential dad, Karkus coached his kids in little league and travel baseball. But he didn't stop there. Karkus scheduled baseball games for the weekends, and later created basketball teams for his kids, scheduling matches so he would never miss a game.
Schedule Time for Family:
bistroMD CEO Ed Cederquist
Though we tend to characterize family time as spontaneous, adding a little structure to it signals planned commitment, says Ed Cederquist, CEO of weight loss site bistroMD. . Once your work has ended, devote yourself full time to your children just as you would to your company, he adds. "Living by a schedule may seem to be limiting at first. But the more you commit to planning your day and working your plan, the more freeing your time really is."
Take a Break From Tech:
WayBetter CEO Jamie Rosen
In this age of the mobile worker, employees are always on call, and the same is no less true for employers. As the founder of health goals site WayBetter, Rosen's advice to around-the-clock entrepreneurs is to leave the computer at work. As a father of three, Rosen says his relationship with his children and wife improved after he stopped bringing his computer home. He also banned his kids for using computers except for homework. As a result, Rosen says the family has spent more quality time together.