Each evening at work a Text pops up on my cellphone at about the same time. Generally it’s just the one word question, “home?”… a sweet, gentle reminder from my wonderful wife that in the midst of whatever the latest work “emergency” I’m currently enmeshed there is someplace else I need and want to be.
It’s easy for to get caught up in the apparently pressing priorities of work and lose track of time; and while I try my best to watch the clock on my own, I never mind the text message ping and “home?” message on my phone. In fact I need help focusing on what’s most important to me. So I decided to add two more things to help me remember to get home on time…
The first thing I’m doing is adding a standing reminder to my Microsoft Outlook calendar at work that will pop up at the same time each evening. Basically I’m setting a recurring appointment on my calendar for every evening. It’s super easy to set up, and will relieve my sweet wife of the need to send reminders.
The other thing I’ve done is add something like the following wallpaper calendar to my computer as wallpaper. Then every time I look at it, it reminds me there’s a wee one waiting at home for me.
It may seem silly that anyone would need to to remind himself it’s time to go home, especially if that someone had two such wonderful girls (my wife and baby girl) waiting at home? BUT if it gets me home just a few minutes earlier… over the years those minutes will add up to days or even weeks of extra time with them.
How about you… if you work outside the home do you do anything special to help you remember your real priorities while working, and do you do anything to remind you to get home to the ones you love at a decent time at the end of each work day? This loving but ever so slightly ADD daddy can use all the help he can get.