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Never Ending To Do's

Updated on May 8, 2013

Making Time for Loved Ones

In the world we live in today it seems like almost everything we do is at a hectic pace. We don't have time to stop and smell the flowers; no sooner is one thing checked of the "To-do" list and it is replaced by a new task. At times it can seem overwhelming and never ending instead of getting smaller it seems to get bigger and bigger this dreaded list of "To-do's". We rush around frantically trying to get everything done that needs to be taken care of.

Need More Quality Time

Running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to remember to complete every task that is on our lists. Many of us have dead-lines at work that must be completed by a said date and time. During which work-time ends up flowing over into our family-time or down-time and this can lead to more serious problems if it becomes a regular thing. This can become a major factor in the break-down or the breaking up of the family unit because we are spending less and less quality time with our loved ones. This can result in our missing out on special family events such as a child's graduation etc. Most of us would rather be spending quality time with our loved ones verses working over-time at the office for example. But many work over-time for fear of losing their jobs not because they love their jobs.

Planning Family Time

We must try and find a happy balance within work and family life; this can be a real juggling act for some but it can be done with some thought and planning. There is going to be times when things are out of your hands that are work related, you have to work late as you have no choice if you want to stay employed. At these times try to make up for the missed family time by planning something special for you and your loved ones to do together. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant or expensive it can be as simple as planning a family pizza and movie night. It is not the expense of the family event but by making a commitment to your loved ones you are showing them that they are a priority in your life.

Hollow Promises

It is important during the busy times that you explain to your family or loved ones that you are sorry that you are unable to be home as much as you would like to be due to work. Let them know you would rather be with them and make an effort to make it up to them. Do not give them empty hollow promises that you do not keep as this is worse than not promising anything at all. It is important that your loved ones feel that they know you will be there for them when they really need you.

Do Not Make Work and Obsession

It is great if you are passionate about your job or career but don't turn it into some kind of obsession that you are so wrapped up in that you end up sacrificing your loved ones for your career. This is unhealthy for all concerned a person who is working way too much could end up burning out or having a break-down caused by all the stresses in his/her life. Your loved ones will begin to feel neglected and forgotten about and may even feel that they are not as important as your career. We must not become so obsessed with our "To-do" lists for work or home projects that we can't see that our family life is crumbling and falling apart bit by bit.

Remember What is Precious

We should never take our loved ones for granted because this could and does lead to a sad out-come. Our loved ones may decide to leave us as they can no longer live with us feeling that they are not an important part of our lives anymore. It doesn't have to be a sad ending as long as we remember what is precious and dear to us in life. We must keep our loved ones on the top of the "To-do" list; keeping them a priority in our lives and not taking them for granted. Just remember life is too short it doesn't do any good to say "I should have or I could have" when it is too late and our loved ones have left or divorced us.


As long as our loved ones are reminded regularly of how much we love them by our actions, words or both this will be a strong foundation. This will help to keep our loved ones were they belong which is at our side experiencing the joys and wonders of life together as one happy family!

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    • Redberry Sky profile image

      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Couldn't agree with you more, Pamela Anne, it's definitely time to put our friends and family back in the spotlight :)

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      Marsprofane8 5 years ago from Abuja

      You definitely hit the spot, most time we spend hours on working that we really forget the most important things in our lives.

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      Ebonny 5 years ago from UK

      I agree it's really important to get the balance right and your hub is a timely reminder.

      Especially where children are concerned, there is only a short window to build close relationships/bond/spend all important quality time with them. Before long, they stop asking parents to take them to the park etc and only want to spend time with their peers.

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      Teresa Martinez 5 years ago from Philippines

      You hit the issue right on the head, Pamela-anne. There is always the dilemma when work time conflicts with family time. I always have to remind myself that in the very long to-do list, family is never dislodged from the first place. Very good hub as always.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good lessons and reminders of what is important, really.

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      You make a good point with this hub. Family is the most important and there should be always some time reserved for our loved ones.

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much mary for taking the time to read my hub and leave a comment have a great weekend and have some good quality time with your loved ones! take care.

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for supporting my hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You packed a lot of good advice in this Hub. We should never get too busy with other things that we don't spend quality time with our family.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.