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It Pays To Be Productive

It doesn’t matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what you should be doing should we say. It always pays to be productive. If you think about the amount of time that you spend just doing nothing, surely the days would pass by in your mind. Life is all about making the most of every moment, as our grandparents would say. But how many of us actually listen to this advice?

How many of us seize every opportunity, make the most of everything we do, and can honestly say that we’re productive? Pretty much none of us can, which is why we want to write this article. We want to show you what it means to be productive., and how you can ensure that you always are being.

 

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What Even Is Productivity?

So, we want to start with this first. What does it even mean to be productive? Well, let’s first tell you what it means to not be productive. What you’re doing now probably isn’t productive. You’re either at work, and reading this rather than working. Or you’re at home, reading this, and trying to find a way that you can become more productive. Whilst we aren’t trying to remove you from this article, we’re trying to point out that when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or procrastinating as it were. \

Productivity is doing the opposite. It’s thinking to yourself, I need to get x amount of things done, and making sure that you get it done. We’re so good at giving ourselves little rewards such as thinking, ‘i’ve just done the washing up, now I deserve to sit down for the rest of the night and do nothing else that I wanted to.’ If you can get out of this mindset, your whole idea of productivity will change, and you will accomplish so much more.

 

How Could More Of It Benefit Us?

It could benefit you as the more you do, the more you’re able to enrich your life. We’re missing out on so many opportunities because of this procrastination we have spoken about. If you find ways to be more productive, you can actually add time back to your day. If you take out those little reward breaks you’ve been giving yourself, all of your tasks will be done so much earlier, and all of a sudden you actually have free time to do what you want at the end of the day. It will become a revelation for you, so just give it a go!

Why Does It Pay?

The more time you’re able to free up for yourself, the more you’re going to experience life. For one, your mind won’t feel as clogged with all the tasks that you have to do, and you can start thinking about things you actually want to do. It could be getting back in to reading, going to the gym, or just generally being a more involved person in life if that makes sense. If you’re self employed and learn to manage your time more, then you’ll definitely get paid more.

 

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The Truth about Freelancing as a Parent

Although making the transition from a 9 to 5 to being a freelancer is worth it, the journey can be a tough one. Freelancing requires a lot of hard work, discipline and perseverance. And juggling freelancing with parenthood can be a handful to deal with.

There are, of course, a lot of upsides to being a freelancer. You get to spend more time with your family and never miss out on special events or moments with the people you love and care about.

Be this as it may, this doesn’t mean that you should close your eyes to the realities that freelancing presents especially as a parent.  Here are some truths about freelancing as a parent that you need to know.

 

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  1. You may experience dry spells

Unlike a 9-to-5 where you know what your take home every month is, income from freelancing projects are hardly stable. There will be months when your freelancing income is great while some months may be frighteningly low.

As a parent with a lot of responsibilities, fluctuation in your income may prevent you from making sure that you meet your family’s needs. Your income may go up and down but your responsibilities remain the same.

Depending only on freelancing projects won’t be enough. It will be a wise decision to create multiple sources of income, especially passive income. This will give you something to fall back on when you’re experiencing a shortage of projects for the month.

 

  1. Flexibility of freelancing gives you the opportunity to be there for your children when they need you

Unforeseen situations like accidents or sudden illness can mess with your normal work schedule and it may be difficult to get permission from the office if you work in a 9-to-5. But as a freelancer, you have the flexibility to take care of your children when they’re ill and injured.

The only downside to such sudden unforeseen circumstances is that when the payments from clients don’t come in on time you may be stuck in a tight corner.

 

  1. Clients can pay late and it will disorganize your plans

In order to ensure steady income, freelancers have to make sure that clients keep to their financial commitments. However, sometimes clients may not keep their word and the payment comes in late. Some clients even fail to pay and you may get nothing at all.

This is a frequent occurrence in the freelance industry and this can negatively affect the financial responsibility to your children.

 

  1. You’ll have to contend with shortage of time

It takes a lot of discipline to be a full-time freelancer and you need to be especially phenomenal at managing your time. When you’re a parent your time is divided between your children and your freelance work. This may mean that after taking care of your energetic kids you need to make do with the little time left to dedicate to your work.

However, with a little adjustment and proper arrangement of priorities it is possible to effectively manage your time with your work and with your children.

 

How do you freelance and parent at the same time? Do you deal with any of these issues?

Family Day Out at Gulliver’s Theme Park Warrington

Some weeks ago, we spent a day at Gulliver’s Theme Park Warrington. We had a lovely day there. It was a lot of fun. The kiddies had so much fun with the many rides and lots of activities. It was a struggle getting the out of the theme park. The rides were so cool, and they could get on most of them which was great. I was quite impressed with the fact that they were happy to get on all the rides. This was not the case some months ago.

 

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We started the day with a train ride. The train conductor was such a pleasant man. He was happy to take everyone’s photograph, and I thought that was so sweet. He is a gem to Gulliver’s Theme Park and I hope the company knows it.

 

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The train ride was fun. The kiddies enjoyed looking around and I enjoyed taking photos. It was a 10 minutes ride and then we got to explore the rest of the theme park. We got on so many rides, I lost count at some point. There are so many rides in Gulliver’s Theme Park Warrington, as well as the Gulliver’s Theme Park in Milton Keynes. We have been to both, and they were both amazing. Definitely great theme parks for a day out with the family. If you can, it is best to dedicate 2 days to the theme park so you can get on the rides. There is no way of getting on all the rides in 1 day.

 

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5 Theme Park Essentials

Here are some theme park essentials that may come in handy for you and your family.

 

Change of clothes for the kids

We got so wet on one of the boat rides. I was happy to have spare clothes for the kids because we had to get them changed from top to bottom.

 

Snacks

There are spots to buy food but it makes sense to have a few snacks in the bag for when the kids need them.

 

Go with a rain coat and wellies if weather allows it

That way you may avoid getting soaked on the boat rides.

 

Pack for socks

If your kids are anything like mine, then they would be interested in the soft play area, so make sure you have spare socks for them.

 

Go with a cross body bag and a bag pack for the kids

This way your hands are free and your items are safe.

 

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Overall, we had a lovely time. We didn’t have to deal with long queues except on one ride where we waited for over an hour to get on the ride. Others were pretty quick. The only issue we had was with the toilets. They were quite dirty when we went in. But apart from that, everything else was in top form. I can see us visiting Gulivers Theme Park again for sure.

We also visited the Splash Zone the following week and it was good fun too, although I wasn’t fond of the water slides at all. We had a good time there too minus the dirty toilets and changing rooms area.

 

 

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If you are in search of what to do with the kids in Cheshire, this theme park is a great option. You could also check out the Ice Cream Farm in Chester.

Have you visited Gulliver’s Theme Park Warrington or the theme park in Milton Keynes?What are your thoughts? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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