Too busy spinning plates!

Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning 20 plates at once.  The combination between my home life and the nature of my job means I need to be thinking about a number of different things at any one time – potentially not a traditional male trait.  I think I’m getting better at it, or maybe I’m just kidding myself.

There’s no doubt that from time to time I drop a plate and it smashes into a hundred pieces.  A notable example happened yesterday when I got a lift into work with a colleague and left my partner at home to do the school run – all fine you might think until I got a phone call asking where the car keys were.  Yes – that’s right they were in my laptop bag with me 45 minutes away from my house.  Wait, but what about the spare car key? Yes, locked in the car – don’t ask why it was in there.  Anyway cut a long story short I managed to call in a favour from my old man and the situation got sorted – although my son was about 15 minutes late for school and I was in the doghouse.

The point I’m trying to make is that we all seem to have extremely busy lives nowadays and it can be difficult to remember everything and cover all bases.  It’s taken a little while but I’m gradually improving my work/life balance, which allows me to switch off from my job and enjoy the important things, like watching my son in his school production of Aladdin this evening.

I don’t profess to be a life coach or even someone who can hand out amazing advice, but in my experience, it’s okay to drop a plate or two every so often, as long as you clear up after yourself.  So, even though there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, always ensure you make time for the things that really matter to you.

Adam Williams

Technical & Engineering Consultant

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