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Saturday, January 29, 2005


Being Fully Present in Our Work and Life

I found an interesting article in the The Olympian Online about fathers facing the challenge of integrating their desire to be great parents with their commitment to do great work. I liked the ideas they offered at the end of the article (Even if you're not a dad or parent, the most of the ideas are relevant for cultivating a whole life):
  1. Don't feel guilty for needing time to yourself. Work out. Get in a round of golf. Watch a football game.

  2. Recognize you can't do it all.

  3. Realize your value as an employee and a parent. You can ask for some perks, too, like flex time or telecommuting.

  4. Remember, the company won't fall apart if you put off some work until tomorrow.

  5. Prioritize and set goals. (Examples: Try not to take work home on the weekends.)

  6. Ask to be connected to the office at home. If you need to do work after hours, at least you're still at home.

  7. Plan some alone time each week with the children.
In particular, #1 can often be difficult for busy parents. But giving all of our time to our kids, as well as our spouse and others can be a trap. It's so vital to take some time for ourselves. That way, we can be sure that we're fully present when we are with those we love. Same way with our work; when we have a chance to relax or do those things that recharge our batteries, we can be fully present in our work.

A few months ago, I blogged on the idea of the Oxygen Mask Principle, which is a great way to remember that we first have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. If you haven't read it, check it out and consider the question I leave at the end.

Categories: c.Careers; c.Living; c.Parenting

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