Have you filled your life with the urgent instead of the important?

Man standing infront of a chalkboard that says Balance, Life, and Work

Lately, I’ve wanted to do better at prioritizing family time. I’ve tried this before with little success. It’s not that I don’t see my wife or kids. I do. It’s just usually for brief moments when we come within range of each other’s orbit. Much of my kid time is spent chatting with them in the rear view mirror.

As August wound to a close, I decided to give it another try.

Here’s what I’ve been doing

First - I picked a time to start. I chose fall. I like the fall season because it seems like life gets back to a rhythm after the unpredictable pace of summer. Life is just more predictable, so starting something new felt doable.

Second – I made family time one of my top three-priorities. What that meant was saying no to a couple activities I enjoyed, like playing in the fall softball league.

Third – I picked one thing to start doing differently. The first habit I’ve been forming is to schedule family time on my work calendar. Doing this has kept my commitment top of mind.

Have you been reordering your life in some way this season? If so, what's your new priority and what's been working for you?


Dan Braun

Dan Braun is General Manager at Full Plate Living who isn’t ashamed to admit he takes great pleasure in tricking his kids into eating healthier. In his free time Dan enjoys mountain biking and dunking on the 7 ft rim with his family.

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