“Make every minute count” was once said to me when I was young; if I’m being honest, I didn’t quite understand. Nor did I pay much attention. However, the older I become, the more I totally get and understand it. A story, a social story that has impacted me.
A few years back, I had a good friend in business whose middle daughter was having problems. This friend worked all hours in the city to make sure his family led a fabulous lifestyle. However, this also meant he didn’t see his daughter, his wife or other 2 girls much.
When his daughter attended a councillor and was asked to draw a family picture , she came back 5 mins later with the picture – minus her dad!! My friend’s wife and the councillor asked “Where’s dad?”. To which she simply replied, “at work”. And now, the daughter’s social story began.
My friend took this really hard, so much so that he quit his job and took a 6 month sabbatical to reconnect with his family. During this sabbatical, he realised that work-life balance was far more important than earning fortunes.
Consequently, he didn’t go back to working in the city. Instead he built a man shed and worked from home. This meant he could be near his family whilst still bringing in the bacon.
After seeing this first hand, I decided it was time to take a day ‘working in’ my business and change it to a day ‘working on‘ my business. This gives me time to see my teenage daughters walking out the door to school. Afterwards, as stated, I’ve allotted time to ‘work on’ my business. Then, when daddy duties call I’m there on call! And that’s when my social story became more comfortable through appreciation.
So, the social story goes – whilst we can’t all do what my wealthy friend did, we can step back and ask ourselves “Am I giving enough time to those who need it the most?”, whether that be family, friends, colleagues, associate or clients. Just stop and think, am I using my time to the best of its ability? If the answer is no, then change it as YOU are the only one who can!!
We don’t work for money… we work for what it brings us, don’t we? Surely health, happiness and a good business are enough?
How do you find time for what is right?