Our lives are becoming increasingly busy anymore. Balancing your regular 9-5 day job, with your family life, and social life has become hard enough without throwing a dog or cat into the mix.
Most of us are already required to come home from work and cook dinner, clean the house, and perhaps manage a child or two.
For pet owners, there are even more responsibilities. Owning a dog or cat means that you have to ensure that they eat, that any of their health needs are tended to, that their litter boxes are scooped and cleaned, that they have fresh water, and that they are receiving the exercise and attention that they need to lead healthy lives. The list seems to go on and on and on. . .
In addition to meeting your pet’s basic needs, it’s important that we take time each day to bond with our animals. Taking time for your pet ensures that they are happy too.
So how can we manage to make time for our pets when it feels like we can barely manage to make time for ourselves? Below I have listed some ways to find time for our pets in an increasingly busy world:
Wake up earlier.
If you’re like me, then you know how tempting it is to set that alarm as late as you possibly can. When I first started working full time, I was guilty of setting my alarm an hour before I needed to be at work. That left me a half hour for my commute and a half hour to get dressed and eat in the morning. I would wake up and run out the door, only making time to feed and make sure my dog got her potty break.
But this became increasingly unsustainable. Waking up so late meant that I had no time to spend with Bean or to make sure my cat was getting quality time with me as well. My life involved work and sleep. That was all I had time for!
Even if you wake up just a half hour earlier, that’s a half hour you could dedicate to your pet. You could use this time to walk them, train them, or just simply snuggle with them. I promise they will appreciate it.
Skip the gym.
For many of us, going to the gym is a part of our routine and it’s how we keep in shape. But going to the gym can be time consuming. After an hour work out and a fifteen minute commute each day, I spent an hour and a half of my day away from what really mattered most to me (my family and my pets).
Now, I get my exercise in by walking my dog and if I really want to lift weights (or it’s too cold out) I’ll workout at home. By choosing to walk to get my exercise, I get to spend quality time with my dog and keep her healthy as well.
I no longer have to work, go to the gym, and THEN walk her when I get home. It’s taken a huge burden off of my shoulders.
See if you can work from home.
If you have a job where you are on the computer all day or your job offers some flexibility, see if you can work from home a few days a week. You may not be able to play fetch or walk the dog during work hours, but at least they can sit in your office with you. They’ll be so happy to have you home for the day.
Outsource tasks that take up a lot of your time.
If you have the wiggle room in your budget to pay someone else to do your grocery shopping or clean your house, do it. Outsourcing tasks you hate to someone else gives you more time to do what you want to do-including spend some of it with your pet.
Wind down in bed with them.
If you sleep with your pet, spend some time unwinding each night with them. Put down the book or the phone, shut off the tv, and focus on you and your bond with your pet.
I know just how hard it can be to juggle my responsibilities with pet ownership. I saw first hand how much Bean struggled when I started working full time, but over the last year I have managed to make changes in my schedule that benefit her, myself, and our bond. Don’t let your pet fall to the way side because you’re busy. Remember that to them you are their whole world.
How do you make time for your pet when you’re busy? Leave a comment below ?