Probably a short post today, but this past week we were at Disneyland with our two kids and I was reminded of how fast time flies… and it sucks… big time!
The last time we were at Disneyland, Olivia was three and Kade was six months old. Olivia was in heaven! She was totally into all of the Princesses and we spent hours hunting them down for signatures and pictures. This time, she is almost six and she wanted absolutely nothing to do with the Princesses. All she wanted to do was ride the big rides over and over again. Her favorite rides are the Tower of Terror and Space Mountain. While standing in line for the Tower of Terror I looked at her and I got really sad. She is old… and it happened over night.
I guess the reason I’m writing this is because while looking at her it reminded me of how short life is and how important it is to spend time with my kids while they are young, because it won’t be long till they want nothing to do with me 🙂
Since returning home, I’ve started shelving my phone and leaving my laptop in my bag until they are asleep. I want to give them my full, undivided attention and it has been amazing. I also try and leave work around 4:30 (of course I go into the office super early and work late into the night after the kids are asleep) each day to get home and see them. Some might say I’m crazy… some might say if you don’t spend 10-12 hours a day in the office, you aren’t a good employee, let alone a leader, but I disagree.
I believe that you have to have a good work/personal life balance in order to be a good employee and a good leader and just because this is the way I work, doesn’t mean I get any less done or my work/clients suffer. I would say the opposite. I get more done because I am focused, efficient, and productive during the hours I’m in the office. It works great! You should try it sometime 🙂
Well, I don’t have much else to say other than if you are a working mom or dad, take enough time to spend with your family before you blink and they are old and don’t like you.