“Kids: I couldn’t eat a whole one”
It’s a strange saying that, isn’t it?
When you’ve pretty much had enough, and can’t stomach anymore – you turn to your better half and say: “Yes, I love them very much, but I couldn’t eat a whole one…”
In other words – I’ve had enough for now – thank you.
That was just last night
That was last night, at dinner time, two of our three daughters were testing limits… I wonder what happens if… as their inquisitive minds tried a few more things at the dinner table:
- How far across the table can I cough my germs?
- Does meat really fly if i flick it from the fork?
- What would mash potatoes look like through my fingers…
That was last night.
As I write this the next morning, there are young screams coming from the car.
Screams from the Car
The girls are going to ‘singing and dancing’, and as they jostle for space in their own car seats there’s a misplaced elbow, an extra tight squeeze, or other illegal moves that would usually get a referee to interject…
Why am I sharing this with you?
1. My therapist tells me its always good to share
2. The swings and roundabouts of working from home
3. Reminding yourself why you do it
Therapist tells me its good
The first reason is a sentence I use regularly when I’m sharing something personal – it makes me chuckle (and usually the person I’m talking to) – I don’t have a therapist (yet).
Swings and Roundabouts of a Home Based Business
The swings and roundabouts is more important. I’ve made a very deliberate decision to build my business where I can work from a home based office.
While I share some of the challenges that have happened just in the past few hours, they’re the reality of what a home based entrepreneur faces. The question is: How to best deal with those challenges?
That’s the better question.
And the answers will be very much in your own court. And then a great question to work out for yourself is:
When do you do your best work?
Before the family wake? When they go to bed?
Perhaps like me you have two natural energy peaks in a day (mine are approx. 930am and 430pm), and so I aim to build my most creative tasks into those slots.
But what happens when 430 turns into 5, and then dinner time has started and my daughters are knocking on the door saying “Daddy, dinner time!” – what then? You’re just getting into your flow…
That’s when you need a way to capture creativity on the run – I walk into my office and write things on the whiteboard, then get back to the dinner time routine.
Remember why you’ve chosen to do what you do
You might read this and think “Jamie, I’d just tell my kids to bugger off so I can concentrate on my work”
…and I have had my own share of those moments…
…but then I remind myself why I work from home: To spend more time with my family, to make sure that when my kids grow up, they see a lot more of their dad than most other kids their age.
A case in point: I just gave my three daughters a kiss as they drove off to their music. As the car drove off they were waving goodbye and shouting “love you daddy”…
It’s those little things you MUST keep reminding yourself about
They’re the reason why you’re working for yourself, to spend the extra time with them AND to build a lifestyle based business.
So how’s that going for you?
Would love to hear how you balance the work and life when you’re working from home, in case you can help others who visit here today…
Use the comments box below…
Bye for now, I’m off to have a sleep while the house is quiet…