A Dad’s Work-Life Balance
Being a dad is the best job in the world (behind a Brand Manager at Block Club, of course) and it comes with more rewards that I could sum up in a blog post. We recently celebrated the news that another member of the Block Club team will be joining the Dad club and I couldn’t be happier for him.
Before I became a dad I wasn’t very protective of my free time. In both my personal and professional life I’d always volunteer to help when asked. I was never concerned when a workday would run later than usual. Don’t get me wrong, I still wanted to make sure that I had time for family and friends. It’s different with little ones though. Each and every day is one where they learn something new, from saying a new word to them telling you for the first time that they love you. It’s very important to me to make sure that I’m there for as many of those moments as possible.
Giving my all while at work is also very important. That’s why I do as much as I can to make every second count while at the office. Headphones with ambient noise, check. No bookmarks or programs to check social media sites, check. This doesn’t mean that I work from the second I arrive to the second that I leave. I use a Pomodoro app to help me focus on one task at a time, for set amounts of time; once those are complete, I get a break. This technique has really helped me focus and get the most of out my workday.
There are other valuable ways to protect your free time: learning to say no, and knowing when to ask for help. Because maximizing your free time is not just important to parents, it’s important for everyone. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a perfect balance or be a perfect dad. I do know that I owe it to my kids and to myself to strive for that on a daily basis.