I can’t believe I almost didn’t renew this domain!
Let me go back a bit. I have neglected this blog for too long already. 2013 and 2014 went by without a single personal blog post. I thought I was done blogging. When it was time to renew I let it pass. I was a little sad but totally forgot about it. Don’t know how many days have passed or maybe a week or even two. I thought I was finally done with blogging when I one day mentioned to hubby that I failed to renew this domain. He advised me to still renew it – sayang naman daw. So out of obedience I did just that. That was mid-2014. Now 2015 came and I realized I’ve missed blogging!
So here I am writing my very first post this 2015. I’m wiping my slate clean and starting a topic that is like a new year’s resolution but much better. I am writing our family plan for 2015.
First a background. Why did I think of this? The past year has been crazy busy and I have neglected my kids a lot. I realized every year would be that way. If I don’t do anything to make my home-work balance better this year then it would be this way year after year after year.
Good thing I read about Ryan Smith. He’s the CEO of Qualtrics which is worth a billion dollars. He’s also a husband and a father of three kids. He has a life coach and together they’ve developed a way to create more balance in his life. The good news their strategy is working so well that when a company offered to buy Qualtrics from him he declined because he feels his work-life balance is already good so he can afford to manage his business and give quality time to his family all at the same time.
Here’s how he’s doing it. He listed down his different roles – husband, father, CEO. Then he wrote down the things he needed to do this week for each role to make him feel successful. For example as a husband he would take out his wife on a date and buy her flowers and as a father he would teach his kids to bike for the week. He would also multitask like if he needed to visit his parents that week he would combine that with teaching his kids how to ride a bike. This way he can shoot two birds in one stone. He says it’s hard and he has less time to sleep at night but at least he feels like he is not neglecting other aspects of his life.
I’m really happy I was able to know about him. When I got involved in our small business I really had no idea what I was in for. I thought I’ll just work hard at first then after a few years my work will pay off and I would be able to relax. I’m in my third year of working here and it seems the hard work will never stop. As we grow so does my responsibilities. If I don’t control my life I feel like my work will overwhelm me and the real losers would be my kids.