If you have kids and you are self-employed and you work from home, getting work done in that environment can be a challenge.
Today Rob Avis is going to talk about some of his methodologies for balancing out working at home and what techniques he uses to plan out his week.
Rob is a busy guy co-running two companies (Adaptive Habitat and Verge Permaculture) with his wife Michelle, and he does it from his house, raising two young kids, so he has had a lot of experience getting serious work done in the heat of it.
Rob’s also one of the smartest guys that I know. He’s an avid reader and he thinks a lot about this type of stuff, so I was really curious how he is approaching raising kids, how he is choosing to school his kids and why. He’s one of those guys that I go to when I am questioning a decision that I am making. He usually has a lot of insight into things that make me really think about what I am doing and why. It’s something that I think we all need in our life.
Overall this message is part life hacking, part parent hacking, part hard dose of reality.
I hope that it helps by getting you to question some of your decisions, and decide if they are really best for you and yours.
Notes from this episode:
- Dealing with kids and work:
- Schedule out time for work, and be on task during that scheduled time. Get work done.
- If you want to be a good parent separate yourself from technology.
- What’s the lead domino?
- What’s the thing or few things you can do now that will make the rest of the list obsolete?
- Each Monday attack the list with this in mind by doing the hardest and most mentally intensive stuff first.
- BOOK: The 5 Minute Journal:
- Beginning of Day: What are 3 things you are are grateful for?
- Beginning of Day: What are 3 of the most important things to do today?
- End of Day: What are 3 things that were great today?
- End of Day: What is one thing you could have done better?
- “If they are whole beings and they are confident then they will be able to navigate through whatever gets thrown at them.”
- “You have lots of years ahead of you, but once your kids turn 13 they want very little to do with you.”
- When you have kids… “cutting back your ambition and not worrying about the goals that you have now, cause they’re not that important.”
- Putting what you are doing aside when they have a question is so important.
- You can keep doing what you are doing or you can stop, listen and be engaged. You have a choice. Both will have a different response on their end. You have to decide who you want to be.
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