Set goals

If you work or travel away from home a lot, it can be easy sometimes to lose sight of why you are doing this rather than spending more time with your family.

As a family, map out goals that you have over the short and longer term – for example, a holiday, new car, paying off the mortgage – and plan how you are going to achieve them. Make these plans visual (using pictures, graphs and charts) and visible (on the fridge at home; on your noticeboard on site).

On days when things are not going so well, these plans can help remind you why you are working long hours away from home and help you become re-focused and re-motivated.

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Be spontaneous

You may not be able to do so on a regular basis, but taking a spontaneous afternoon off to have fun with your children will be good for you all.

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Eat together

Even with a busy work schedule it is possible to make family meal time a priority.