Time Well Spent

My kids are always happy when they can enjoy some treats from the pool snack bar.

Ever since I became a stay-at-home-dad to work on my business, I’ve picked up a large amount of the effort necessary to manage the kids and their schedules. During the summer, our children are typically at a day camp, but because of the July 4th holiday, this week they are home with me for a few days.

This poses major challenges for getting work done on my business. There are endless distractions, there is constant noise, and someone is always hungry!

I started this morning off right because I Woke up at 4 A.M. Today. And true to my experience from the first day I woke up so early, I accomplished a lot in that first 90 minutes before the rest of the house started waking up. (Yes, my children wake up EARLY … I wonder where they get it from?)

Normally, when my children need to stay home for any reason, I attempt to work through the day. But today, with the overbearing heat outside, I decided to take the kids to the pool.

We had a blast.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about my business a little bit while I was there. I was going through some details of various technical challenges in my head and trying to map out my next set of tasks while they splashed around in the kid pool playing Sharks and Minnows. But when it came time for me to hop in and spin them around in the water until we almost threw up, I was all in.

I couldn’t have asked for a better day, living in the moment with my kids. I realize how cliché it is to say this, but they are growing up so fast. As a father, husband, and budding entrepreneur, I’m constantly walking the fine line between working on my business and living in the moment with my family. It’s a constant challenge, one that all entrepreneurs with families must face. Learning which side of the line you should be on at any given time is crucial to your success.

And so, as the evening approaches and I reflect on the day, I realize I didn’t get a lot done on my business after the morning hours … but you know what? It’s all good. It was time well spent. And now … it’s time to get back to work!


Author’s Note: While performing a quick sanity check on whether or not “stay-at-home-dad” should be hyphenated, I stumbled across this gem of an article from Time Inc.: Don’t Let Your Husband Be a Stay-At-Home-Dad.

Whoops! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Ruttopia Daily is a daily blog by Michael Rutt. Inspired by Jonas Ellison’s daily blogging experience, I am writing a daily blog to spur my creativity and improve my writing. I hope you enjoy it!