I am the furthest thing from a Unitasker (Only doing one thing at a time) unless of course I’m sitting on my couch with O watching Dora. Even then though I suppose you could argue that I might be doing something else even if it’s mentally. My wife complains often that I do too many things at once. I’m actually eating a bowl of cereal as I write out this post. Does that constitute at multi-tasking? I have so many things I want to do and I just can’t seem to juggle them all. We all here about the “Busy Mom” who works (or works at home), cooks, cleans, yadda yadda yadda. Now this is true just about all the time but I think we underestimate just how much Dad’s have going on as well. Now granted maybe the things I think about aren’t doing chores around the house or cleaning the yard or going to Target. I do all those things but they’re just not first on my mind.
What is first on my mind? Well aside from spending time with my babies and being with my family the list goes on. You could say I’m a Jack of all trades, Master of none. Yeah, I like to get into all kinds of things. I dive deep, really deep into the topic to find out everything I can. Then when I get my fill I’m done. It’s weird, I haven’t done this with other aspects of my life. For example, I’ve always enjoyed being in relationships and never was really one for dating. I love techie gadgets such as my iPhone, TV’s, Web Stuff, Photography, Wine (I love wine!), Reading, and of course Blogging. I think blogging about my Daddyhood is going to stick with me. Why would that be when everything else kind of fizzles? Well, I’m a parent forever and I love that I’m going to be a parent forever. There’s so much on the topic that it could fill a lifetime of blogging.
So where do I stand with juggling my responsibilities, my hobbies, my family time, my friends, personal time, etc.? Well, to be honest I’m not doing a great job. I get distracted easily (Is this a guy thing?) and I find it troubling to set priorities and stick to them. That probably doesn’t sound good but it’s true and I don’t write made up junk. Well, maybe I do but I’m not going to on this blog.
Knowing the different areas in my life I need to focus on I need to break up my time accordingly. I have to appropriate the right amount of time to each area so that I’m balanced. If I spend too much time surfing or blogging I’m going to miss out on other important areas. Imagine if I spent all my free time blogging about being a Daddy to the point I’m not spending time with my babies. Yeah, that means I’m a fake Dad…One who writes about it and doesn’t actually do it! That’s the last thing I want and hope that never happens to me. I worry about these things though because I just can’t keep to doing just one thing at a time. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.
What tips and advice do you have for keeping this Dad’s life in balance?