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  • Gareth Ellis

Time Flies

Time is one of those things that we all get in equal measure.

Each day we get 24 hours to do with whatever we want. That’s 1440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds, and when you say it like that it seems like a lot. Especially seeing as we spend at least a third of that sleeping.

With me I go to sleep anywhere between 9pm (some days) and 11pm before getting up around 7am when Rupert gets up. The moments outside of that I try my hardest to spend with those I love the most.

Like I’ve said in previous blogs, I’ve been lucky enough to have a job that sees me able to work from home. This means I can work and then when I need a break I can give the kids a cuddle/take them out for a walk/chat to Jess.

I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Some people are forced to go into the office every day, some go to work while their children are sleeping and come home when they’re asleep again at night. I’m lucky that I get to get my children out of bed and then put them down to sleep again at night.

So why do I still feel like I’m missing out?

I’ll tell you why, because I don’t use my time wisely enough. I’m a procrastinator, always have been, but I’m also a proud and hard-working man, as well as a proud Dad to two beautiful children and a proud husband to a wonderful wife.

The problem? I’m not cherishing my time right now. I’m not spending enough time working hard and then planning my breaks around the kids, therefore when the time comes to take them out for a walk or run around downstairs/in the garden with them I’m always wondering ‘have I done enough work?’

It’s a feeling I wish I didn’t have and I do truly love spending time with my family, but I wish I could manage my time a little better so that when I was there, I was there.

I’ve said before that my work has been amazing when it comes to people working from home with children and I always think ‘ah it’s OK if I don’t get it done in the day then I can always do an hour in the evening.’ But then the evening comes and once we’ve washed up after dinner, bathed the kids, put them to bed and sat down it’s 8pm, and I don’t want to be logging into my work laptop, I want to be cuddled up with my wife watching rubbish on TV, or playing cards with her or a host of other fun things that don’t involve sitting in front of a laptop (I get the irony that I am currently sat in front of a laptop writing this.)

Time is one of those things that we all get in equal measure.

So today I pledge to spend mine so much more productively. I’m going to spend my week days at work and I’m not going to schedule in time with my wife and kids, but I’m going to use it as a reward for doing a certain amount of work. That way I’ll work harder, knowing that I get to spend some time with Jess, Rupert and Emilia at the end of it – even if it’s just 15 minutes at a time.

I mean, I’ve got another 1425 for everything else, right? 

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