You get up early, work out, get ready for your day, eat breakfast, go to work, work hard, go to meetings, fight traffic, come home, eat dinner, and then you’re available for your family.
You know this drill, right?
It’s a terrible drill.
The way we currently work isn’t working. What it means is that when we come home, exhausted, our families get what’s left of our time, attention, energy, and concern.
This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. Work isn’t supposed to get our best and our family isn’t supposed to be stuck with what’s left.
Some days, this is just how it happens, but when it’s a pattern, there’s a huge problem.
Why do the people we love the most get our second-rate selves?
This doesn’t mean we have to slack off at work and do our worst. But it does mean we need to step our game up when we walk in the door and see those we love.
Want to make sure you have the best to offer your family? Here are four things that work for me:
Hang up the phone before you open the door. If you use your drive home to catch up on phone calls, make sure you conclude the call before you walk in your house. Nothing says that something else is more important than blabbing into a phone when you unlock the door to your home.