I generally try to provide you, my readers, with some helpful tips about running a home and working, or about starting a business as a working mother.
Today I´m going to change the scope of my post.
I´m on vacation with my two year old visiting grandma. This is supposed to be a working vacation. I brought my cell phone and my laptop. I have a file folder filled with paperwork I need to go through, and a list of materials I need to order.
Ah, but traveling with a toddler is much different when business is concerned.
For one thing, we are dealing with jet lag. Three hours of time change is not so bad when you are 35, but when you are two, it changes everything.
Like bedtime. On the west coast, my daughter is asleep by 9.
Now, it´s more like 11:30 or 12.
On the west coast, I can generally guarantee a two hour work span in the middle of the day, so if I don´t wake up early to work, I can at least get a few things done at some point.
But my daughter hasn´t napped in two days.
Not to mention the fact that I am suffering from jet lag and from the tiredness that accompanies any 4 Â½ month pregnant woman.
So I probably don´t need to tell you this, but little is getting done on the work front.
A few weeks ago I posted an article written about a guy who has changed the meaning of his vacations. Instead of working from wherever it is that he is relaxing, he actually just vacations; and he has told his employees not to interrupt him unless something is very wrong.
When I read the article, I thought two things: One, what a great idea it was, and two, how difficult that would be if you worked alone and ran a company by yourself.
Now, however, I realize that these little quirks-no naps, late bedtimes, and I´ll also have to mention those dreaded dial up connections-are standing in my way of getting much done. Which, of course, means I have more time for gabbing, walking, swimming in the ocean with my daughter, and building castles in the sand.
So if you are heading off on vacation anytime soon with a toddler in tow and you get the idea that you want to take a bundle of work along that you can complete during your "down time´, take my advice: Get that work done in advance and just enjoy the time that you can spend with your family. Really, that´s what is important in the long run. Ten years from now I won´t remember that I had three phone calls and a list of materials to order while I was sitting here in sunny South Florida watching my daughter collect seashells in her little orange bucket.
But I will remember my daughter collecting seashells in her little orange bucket, and that is really the most important thing.