Watch What You're Doing - Day 22 of the 30 Days of Thankfulness
Each night I have about four hours at home with my kids. During that time I spent about an hour of it cooking food and cleaning up after supper and then a bunch of that time helping the kids with their baths/bedtime routine.
There is limited time to invest in my kids' lives during the workweek, and I’ve found myself distracted by my phone at times (like much of the first few years of their little lives). Instead of playing trains with them on the floor, I would find myself watching highlights of my favorite teams. Instead of making a playdough cookie, I responded to a friend’s text.
Over the last number of months though, I’ve tried to become better about leaving my phone away from me and investing my time in the kids. Having a smartwatch has helped to allow me to see that a message came in and determine if it’s something that can wait until later - and almost always the answer is yes.
The technology that’s on my wrist is still powerful. We love using timers and I don’t need to find my phone to do that. If I want to play music, it’s a tap away on my wrist. Even simple things like turning on our Christmas tree lights are now right there for me.
Would it be even better if I turned my phone off when I got home and didn’t take any calls or texts? Yes - it probably would be better. But, for me in my current situation, I’ll take a minor step of improvement that allows me to be more present with my kids that I can do regularly than take a more drastic approach at this point.
Sometimes improvement happens through giant leaps but other times it’s one simple step in the right direction.
How about you? Do you have things you’d like to accomplish but the goal seems so big that it’s out of reach? If so, what would happen if you changed the goal - at least temporarily - to something a little more achievable? What would happen if you actually achieved that smaller goal?
I bet you’d love to find out.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
- Proverbs 13:20
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