I own and run my own business (and, do a lot more) which means that work never leaves my brain. Whether driving, on vacation, or sitting on the cottage dock drinking a scotch and having a cigar – I am always thinking about business.While work can be very busy and stressful, I try really hard to be in the moment with my daughter whenever we are together. I try to cherish our time, and give her 1000% of me.
While I try to give her all of me, the f’ing smart phone really gets in the way. It might be a buzz in my pocket, or seeing it light up from across the room. Once I feel it or see it, I can’t stop thinking about it. Is my site down? Is there an issue with a client or a user? It is a potential new client???
It is very easy to say: Just put it in a different room, or turn it off. Truth be told, business doesn’t work like that. We live in a world where people want feel entitled to immediate responses. If a potential client emails, you’ve got 5 minutes to get back to them, or they might be lost. That could be hundreds of thousands of dollars lost over 5 minutes.The other day I was hanging out with our daughter on the floor of our house doing some tummy time. I thought she wasn’t looking at me. Nay, I know she wasn’t looking at me. So, I went for a quick glance of my phone, and I could immediately tell – at almost four month old – she saw it and knew that she was competing for my time. Ouch. That hurt real bad.
Yes: no matter the age, babies and kids know that they are competing for your attention against your phone.So, I am going to try to keep my iPhone in a different room while I am with her and continue to try to give her 1000% me. I am sure later in life I will have to explain to her why I can’t be with her all the time, but I want her to know that when she is with me, I am hers.