Balance

Side projects, a lack of sleep, and being the father of three boys means that I don’t have as much time as I’d like to think I have.

I’m feeling a little out of sorts.

Christmas, the new year, various birthdays, planning a trip to Italy later in the year, finishing off two websites for friends and family, and – let’s not forget – the day job, have all combined to make the first seven weeks of this year a complete blur.

It’s all too easy to say yes to everything, especially when friends and family are involved. You don’t want to disappoint them. But saying yes to too many things can catch up with you and create a perfect storm of late nights and early mornings.

The last couple of personal side projects have just come to an end and, while it’s important for me to keep on top of things for the health of my career and my interests, it’s also really important to remember to stay on top of my health.

We’ve been relatively lucky with the sleeping patterns of our boys, of late, but five and a half years after the birth of our first son, my constant yawning reminds me that I still haven’t paid off all of my sleep debt just yet.

So, in order to make sure that I can still do a good job during the day, and to ensure that I can still have fun contributing to side and personal projects, I’m going to say yes to far fewer things.

After all, it’s not just me I have to think about.