Today I got my priorities so wrong. So focused on the looming end of the month, I decided I would miss the first part of my son's sports day and just go for the second half. He was OK with that. He understood I had a lot to do. He just wanted me to be there for his 'big race'.
I missed it by 5 minutes.
What I was doing for work was important, but it wasn't urgent. If necessary, I could have done this evening. His race was 10 minutes in the day and I made the wrong choice about how to spend my time. I'm angry with myself, and I've cried for letting him down. For breaking my promise and not focussing on what mattered to HIM. It was just 10 minutes afterall. My client would have probably been fine if their training materials were a day late.
It's a timely reminder that work is important. Of course it is. But we also need to remember WHY we work. It's a means to an end, and not an end in itself. We are all so BUSY its easy to lose focus on what really matters and what (in the long run) will make the difference. I can't turn back time, I can't undo the disappointment I've caused my son.
What I CAN do is make sure I prioritise each and every day properly. I'm going to stick up the Key Points Sheet for our Plan your Time module and refer to it daily. I WON'T make this same mistake again. I can't. Life's too short.