Time management, or the lack of it

jdbruewer's picture

Time management was never my strong suit, but a few years back I finally mastered the ability to start and finish a single task consistently.
Then I had kids.
In an ironic twist of fate, I had the ability to focus on one thing at a specific time for an extended period of time, but not the opportunity.
This gets especially interesting when work follows me home. I would guess I'm one of the few people who has stopped playing Barbie to answer a call from a U.S. Congressman, interviewed him with a toddler on my lap, then changed a diaper before writing the story.
Co-workers casually suggest I can always work from home to wrap things up. Not so. By a tragic quirk of architecture our home office is in the middle of the house with doors that don't stay latched, even when locked. I have been know to sneak into my own basement with a laptop to finish work uninterrupted. I've used coffee shops and restaurants with wifi to get things done. I've even rented a desk at a local business incubator for $5 a day.
My wife and I often swap trips out of the house with the kids to let the other get some work done that is nearly impossible with little ones afoot.
It is getting better as the kids get older. They play more with each other without needing parental supervision.
My 5-year-old is more willing to give me alone time if I dedicate some one-on-one, undivided attention time with her before or after.
I try to take this all with a grain of salt, knowing that all too soon, my girls won't want to bother me about anything.
And, truth be told, I'd rather play Barbie than interview a congressman almost any day.