The Straight Shooter blog has been a bit quiet lately as I have been required to bring my Work/Life Balance Action Plan into play.
I have spent the past two weeks nursing sick kids – and feeling pretty ordinary myself – due to an annoyingly persistent cold virus that has passed from one family member to the next.
I haven’t written anything in over a week, communication with business contacts has ground to a halt and my energy is still lacking.
In the past I might have let this predicament get me down. But now I know I just need a plan – and a small attitude adjustment – to get things back on track.
You see this year I have specifically made changes in my life so that I can be with my kids when they are sick. In the past a sick child was all it took to topple our delicately balanced and seriously overloaded weekly schedule. On finding a child that was just too sick to send to school, my husband and I would quickly discuss which of us had fewer meetings and/or more personal leave owing to determine who would begrudgingly stay home that day.
Now that I have started Straight Shooter and I am working from a home office, I am available and happy to step up and be nurse whenever the need arises. I feel very fortunate to be in this position. It is a relief to all of us.
So these days, stopping work to deal with a sick family feels like a manageable part of the bigger plan. This is a good thing – comforting in all senses of the word.
How do you deal with unexpected downtime in your work? Let me know what works for you by leaving a comment below.
Now that I am back at the computer, stay tuned for more posts later this week.