So, I became overwhelmed with all I had going on a few months ago and realized I didn’t have enough time to do everything I committed to and still enjoy time spent with my family. While I buckled down and started to knock stuff out, I realized that I was getting agitated over little things that really shouldn’t have mattered.
As I started looking into my frustration, I realized something about myself. I realized that I classified everything asked of me as a critical need and I felt like I needed to respond immediately. The only way to respond immediately was to have my phone next to me at all times with work email, personal email, Twitter, Facebook, and instant messengers ready to ping me at a moments notice. Anytime my computer was open, each one of these were open as well. When I would get a ping from any one of these services, it would pop up on my phone and my computer disrupting everything I was in the middle of doing.
I started realizing how many interruptions I was having throughout my day and how much stress it was causing me by pushing things around and stopping/starting work back up. Realizing all of this started me on a path to look deeper into how I was running my company, how I was leading my team at church, and ultimately how I was spending time (or wasn’t) with my family.
The interesting thing about all of this was that I didn’t realize how much time I was actually spending “away” from my family because I was usually in the same room or at least in a room near them almost all the time. Once I noticed that I wasn’t actually spending time with my family, it really hit me harder that I needed to make some changes in my life if I was going to be a better husband and father.
I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but part of this website launch and picking up blogging again is about my journey in actively pursuing becoming a better husband and father and balancing that with running a better business.
I’m going to kick off the new launch with a series of posts on how I’m changing some of the inputs in my life to use my time wiser so I can accomplish these goals. This series of posts is also acting as a personal journal to help me remember why I’m doing this and to continue encouraging myself to continue pursuing a less stressful and more minimalistic lifestyle.
I hope you stick around and join me in my journey to become a better spouse, parent, and worker.