I’m a loving dad to two amazing kids. They rock my world, and while I love visiting new places (I travel a lot every month), I hate being away from them.
Technology has not only made working from anywhere possible but also empowered those of us who live the workshifting lifestyle to stay in touch with our families while we are away.
But, as great as it is to be able to catch up over video chat or to send text messages from the road, nothing can replace being there.
Recent current events have made it even clearer to me that the best parent is an engaged parent – and that requires quality face-to-face time. Hectic schedules, big presentations and client visits will always get in the way of this, but it is crucial to make the time.
I promise you that if your family life is not happy, it will affect your work life.
One area I hope to focus on as I begin writing for this site is how to find this balance, providing tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
Make sure the next time you return from a trip that you sit down with the family. Set the phone to the side and leave the laptop powered down. The first night I’m home, I completely turn off work because it has had me for the last few days/weeks, and my family now needs my time.
I know that the work will be there in the morning, and if an emergency does arise where anyone would need to get a hold of me, they could.
Since we work whenever and wherever we are these days, I’ve found that many people have a hard time turning everything off. The sooner you learn to do this and spend quality time with your family, the happier you’ll be.
Workshifting is an amazing way to live a life. But, no child is ever going to be happy about their mom or dad trying to parentshift. It can’t be done, so please don’t try.
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