Getting Work Done & Being a Good Parent
These two things are very hard to get done. I can vividly remember the 3 times my dad played football with my brother and I. I can count on my fingers how many times my dad took us out on a weekday to have fun. My mother was fortunate enough to have the financial stability that my father provided to be a stay at home mom. I talked in my last post about BEAST MODE which is that second wind you get when you have someone to provide for besides just yourself.
This post is about balance. When my daughter was born I had a really tough time balancing the time I spent working with my Tree Service and the time I spent with the time little girl. I’d get home at about 3:00pm, and want to immediately start answering emails, returning phone calls and updating my blog. Newsflash – I have a emotionally unstable wife, a crying baby, and a house that’s a complete mess. I chuckle to myself as I write this because those are the stone cold facts.
The way I got past my crazy wife, crying baby and messy house while still being able to run my Tree Service the best I could was getting a solid schedule going. I no longer had excess time to send a few emails, surf Facebook, watch a few funny videos and then write my blog. I had the BEAST MODE energy, but needed to develop the work ethic.
My schedule for those days home is as follows:
3:00 – 3:30 30 minutes of house work immediately
3:30 – 4:15 the wife gets a break, and I get baby time
4:15 – 5:15 1 hour block to get my blog done
5:15 – 6:15 Phone calls
6:15 – 6:45 Dinner
6:45 – 7:45 Wife & I time (if baby was asleep)
7:45 – 8:30 Emails & Start the blog for the next day
The schedule doesn’t always work, so instead of using that last 15 minutes to surf Facebook I make sure to spend it on the blog for the next day. I’ll need at least 1-2 extra blogs each week because sometimes my wife would be in a rut or our baby girl just wouldn’t stop crying. Things get crazy when you have a newborn at home. I wanted to make sure that I cut out some time to spend with my daughter, and watch her grow up. Weekends are rough for me because I really double down on the weekends and get a ton of work done. I don’t go out with my wife to friend’s houses or anything. I stay at home and hit the blog & emailing hard or I’m out working.
Those days working hard really paid off. I’m glad that I got a schedule that worked for me, and stuck with it. Gary says get a schedule, and stick to it.