You know you’ve been working too much when your 3-year-old son walks into your home office and closes your laptop for you. That’s what happened to me this week and it really gave me some pause.

I talk quite a lot about the pride (and occasional perils) of being a working mom. I have two sons who can be quite a handful at times. Having to fit in sending them off to school, a workout, my full time job as a business owner, and then making sure they get home, do their homework, get dinner, get in bed at a reasonable time… it’s a LOT to juggle!

Recently I’ve been so busy with work, launching my group media coaching program The Green Room, I feel like I haven’t been doing my absolute best job as a mom. Especially when it comes to playtime, which I really do enjoy with my kids.

But when I have five back to back calls in the late afternoon after they get home from school, work needs to take priority over playtime.

After pushing off playtime for two days in a row, while I was wrapping up a few emails around 6pm, my son Ryder walked into the room.

“Mommy, can we build the racetrack now?”

“I’m almost finished, I’ll be out in the living room soon, Ryder.”

Ryder inched closer to my desk, put two fingers on my laptop, and slowly closed it. He looked at me, deadpan, and said “I closed it for you.”

Well, workday is over, I guess. I quickly realized that email could wait until the next morning and that it was time for playtime to take priority for one day that week.

That email was sent the next morning with no issue. And I got an hour of precious time with my son. Time that I will never get back as he grows older.

Those moments when you feel like you have a million things to do, slow down. Remember that not everything needs to be done at once. Sometimes, you need to focus on your other priorities. And don’t forget sometimes that priority is YOU (see my tip of the week).  

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