The Other Time Management Goal
Spoiler alert: I get preachy and self-righteous and borderline judgmental in this blog!
I recently took a train into Boston. The purpose of my trip was to wake my motorcycle from its winter’s rest and ride it to the dealer so that the brakes could be checked. Good time management dictated that I use this train ride wisely and write a blog or two. So, I sat at one of the tables and whipped out my laptop.
At the next stop, a woman and her two children boarded. She sat opposite me and the two kids took seats on the other side of the aisle. It was their February break and apparently Mom had taken them into Boston for the day. No sooner had her rear end hit the seat that electronics came flying out of her bag. There were chargers and portable Wi-Fi and iPads to keep the kids occupied so that mom could get some work done. The kids quickly got bored and started with the questions: “Mom? Mom? Mom?” To her credit, the woman answered each question patiently before returning to her laptop. I so badly wanted to push that thing shut, ask her how important the task really was, and then tell her what I wouldn’t give to have a moment like this with my kids back.
The goal of good time management is to make the best use of time and get as much done as possible. I’m all for this concept, talk about it frequently and encourage my clients to make the most of their working hours. But, being completely present to your family sends them an incredibly important message: You matter. This should be a time management goal of equal importance. Get it done, but then put it away and pay attention.
Before you add a comment to this blog and take me to task for the assumptions that I clearly made, hear the point that I’m trying to make.
And remember, I warned you I was going to be preachy.
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