I’m having one of those days where everything seems like a challenge. I feel like I am being dragged in so many different directions and it can feel a little overwhelming. My schedule is very demanding and my days are often 16 hours long. I usually get up between 5-5.30 and I am on the go until 10PM.
Three years ago my life seemed easy. I had all the time in the World but I was not really happy. The weekends were the highlight of my week and I was unproductive an lazy. Back then, I had no idea how much free time I had. All I did was binge watch series on Netflix. Now, I only watch TV for a couple of hours each week.
Trying To Be The Best Dad I Can Be
Being a father came very naturally to me. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my family. It brings me so much joy and satisfaction. My family is the most important thing in the World to me and everything that I do is for them.
I write “today, I will be the best father that I can be” in my journal daily. Writing this down helps me to remember how I want to live my life each day. It makes my decisions much easier. It forces me to ask myself, am I being a good dad if I do this? If the answer is no then I will usually not do it.
Being A High Performer In Work
I’m working full time as a senior key account manager for an Austrian company called Webgears. I’m a key accounts for our UK portal Voucherbox and I’m lucky that I enjoy my job. I have hefty targets that are constantly growing and it can stressful at times trying to keep up.
Work takes up a massive amount of my bandwidth and time and I always give 100%. This takes a lot of my energy. Working in a high pressure sales environment is not for everyone but I am competitive and it suits my personality. Trying so maintain high performance and hitting my target is tough when you have twins under two. The sleepless nights and little time for R&R make work even more challenging.
To add to the pressure in work, Olivia is not working so we only have one income. She is an amazing mother and we are in the lucky position where she can look after our children until they go to Kindergarten. Just having one source of income adds another layer of pressure to my busy life.
Having The Best Parenting Blog
My goal is to have the best parenting blog in the World in 4 years. This takes up about 20 hours of my week. I work on the blog every morning, evening, lunch break and on the weekends.
When most people are sleeping or watching TV I am hard at work. It seems like a thankless job at the moment. Yes, I earn some money from affiliate marketing, ads, writing for other sites and sponsored content but it is not enough to live from.
Everyday, I write 1,000 words, network, follow my social media schedule and work on SEO. This is all very time consuming and a very slow process. I know that if I keep up this level of hard work I will eventually reap what I sow.
Writing and social media take up the majority of my time. You have to love otherwise you will fail as it is so easy to give up. I am very clear in why I am doing what I am doing. My blog will be the most helpful and entertaining parenting blog on the planet. Its success will give me location independence and time for my family.
Reading, Working Out and Meditation.
On top of the blog, I work really hard on myself and improving my health and skills. Everyday, I read, workout and meditate. The reason that I get up so early is to have time for myself before my kids wake up.
The first thing, that I do when I get up in the morning is write in my journal. I write about what I am grateful for and what I want to get out of the day. Before I go to bed, I review my day and see If I did what I said I was going to do.
After journalling, I meditate. Meditation is a must for me each day. This keeps me grounded. When I have so much to do and life seems hectic, my mindfulness practice helps me to stay in control of my emotions. Living in each moment is one of the many lessons that I have learned from meditation.
After my meditation comes my work out. I run half marathons which requires 5-6 days training per week. Running and strength and conditioning work outs are like natures anti-depressant. When I wake up, and feel like the weight of the World is on my shoulders, nothing makes me feel better than working out.
On top of all of this I also read one book per week. This commitment has pretty much eradicated TV and drinking from my life. Constantly learning new skills and pushing forward gives me great confidence. I read many books about business, writing and personal development. As Warren Buffet says “the more you learn, the more you earn”
As busy as my life is at the moment, I would not change it. The first 33 years of my life were kind of wasted. Looking back, if I had the clarity and focus then my life would be much different.
Since going through IVF, preemies and having twins my life has transformed. Yes, my schedule is full and it can be hard to manage a times , but I have a clear vision of what I want my life to be. That is what I’m working towards it every day. Having this outlook helps to keep me grounded.