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Finding Time For Yourself With A Young Family Is Bullsh*t

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Today Is All About Me!

I’m Disheartened

Today I sat down full of enthusiasm as I was going to put together a plan which would guarantee that I could realise my business, physical and personal goals.  I was going to become a great writer by starting with 500 words a day, while leaning down to 10% body fat, increase my explosive speed for the football pitch, work on my dribbling skills, start work on my new side hustle business while being an awesome husband and father.  Oh, and I have a mate who I’ve committed to writing some software for at about eight hours a week on top of my normal job.

It’s bullshit.

There’s no way I can see that I’m going to be able to do all of the things I need to do, without becoming completely selfish, or a monk, or both!

Time to Wake Up Early

Bullshit!  Early my son is already out of bed hence sees a great opportunity for us to spend some time together.  He’s right of course, but I was going to do some pilates/writing/squats/meditation.  Can’t he see that?  So selfish…

Time to Work After the Kids Are In Bed

Bullshit!  After I get home from a work day, have had/made dinner, got the kids to bed for 8:30 I’m a washout.  Now is not the perfect time for me to get started with exercise or writing or whatever else.  I want to see my wife.  Perhaps I can even relax a bit with a glass of wine or perhaps an indulgent episode of House of Cards.  The point being that my enthusiasm starts in the morning, and is gone by the evening.

Losing My Sh1t

In the middle of writing this I had to go upstairs to mediate a fight between my youngest and my eldest.  They were screaming at each other.  He wouldn’t leave her room, she wouldn’t tell him why she wanted him to.  He was leaving slowly to annoy her, she asked him to leave again and again.  Finally screamed at him.  That’s when super dad goes upstairs and yells so loudly at him, that she starts to cry.  I tell her that I only yelled as loud as him.  I’m a role model.

I feel a little emptier inside afterwards, a sadness that I’m so bad at this I can’t even manage that simple situation.

Finally

Well, there’s my boy calling to me to come and have a swim.  I don’t want to any more but I guess I should.

At least today I managed to scratch out 500 words.  Tick.  I’m awesome.

Finding Time For Yourself With A Young Family Is Bullsh*t by

This article first appeared on Reductee as http://www.reductee.com/2016/11/06/finding-time-young-family-bullsht/

About Tony Jay

For the last 19 years I have been a software consultant to major corporations and boutique businesses alike. I've consulted to Media, Utility, Banking and Aviation clients in Europe and Australia.

I believe that we work too much to achieve too little. I'm obsessed with finding the balance between effort and reward so that we can live a simpler, happier, more productive life.

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