Last week I introduced myself to you all. I briefly mentioned the major areas of my life that take up my time. While you never want to over-extend yourself, there are ways to help you handle doing multiple things at once. That is, after all, what this blog is about. It is about how people manage juggling multiple things at once.
Part of what makes Jester and I distinct is that we value our time with family. In some of our conversations in planning this blog, we occasionally have to take breaks to be with our families. Whether that means taking time to say goodnight to Jester’s daughter or me hanging out with my wife, we know where the priorities rest.
Family Doesn’t Have to Conflict with Your Career
Just because you have a family and you want to spend quality time with them, it doesn’t mean that it has to conflict with your career. Learning to juggle your career and your family life is something I hope to explore more in depth over the coming months. To be a family man (or woman), you don’t have to give up your career dreams. I personally found my passion lately and am creating huge goals for the future.
This means that in order to achieve this goal, I do have to invest some time in order to develop these goals. You can’t achieve your goals overnight and you certainly can’t achieve your goals if you aren’t working towards them. It takes time and effort. So, if you are looking for a way to get rich quickly, I’m sorry. I wish I could deliver on those types of promises, but I just can’t. I wouldn’t mind making those promises, except for the fact that you would all leave when you realized that they aren’t coming to reality.
Mastering the Juggle
So, how does one master the juggle of family and career? While I hope to explore this idea more in the future (it’s too big of a topic to answer in a third of a post), here are some of my initial thoughts.
- Set Boundaries: While it is good to multitask, it is also helpful to set boundaries. Limit yourself to the time you will spend on a project from work. I have found that work will always be here. I can work really hard to finish up the projects that I am working with, but more will inevitably come. One of the best things about having a 9 to 5 job is that when 5 pm comes, work is officially (and unofficially) done. There’s no bringing work home for me!
- To Do Lists: Writing (or typing) out clear, distinct lists of things you want to accomplish helps you be more productive. Instead of wondering what the next thing is that you should do, you have a list to keep you accountable.
- Enjoy Life: If you are all work and no play, you will have a hard time maintaining any progress. Being intentional to both celebrate your achievements will not only push your more, but will make sure that you are journeying with your family. Your family will support you and feel like they are part of your life. The result is an endless cycle of support and happiness.
Is family part of your life goals?