Yesterday, my daughter had a school holiday, and here’s where my head was in the morning: I had all sorts of plans for what I wanted to do, which did not involve her.
Well, that didn’t last a New York minute! Do you know one thing I love about having a young person in my life? It’s that she has this uncanny ability to pull me away from whatever it is I am doing, regardless of how important it may seem to me to be at the moment!!
We played “hide the Lego Friend” outside; we raced everywhere to the tune of, “Last one there’s a rotten egg!”; I recorded several movies of her doing her activity of choice, her being the star of her show; we played I don’t know how many games of hide and seek; swung on the swing set – I could go on and on!
So a funny thing happened through all of this…at the end of the day, I found that I had been more productive and that I got more work done than expected! How could this be, you ask? Well, I was more focused when I did have a minute to do something on my computer. For example, I would negotiate, “Okay, let’s play a game of hide-and-seek, I’ll hide, then you’ll hide. Then I’ll write one email!” Of course, my little one agreed to this compromise. I became more efficient! I didn’t waste any time being diverted from my task at hand.
I would guess that balancing out my life with more social, face-to-face interaction would have this impact on other areas of my life, too: it would stimulate me and give me more energy and focus. This is the stuff of life and where the rich rewards lie!