"Time Is a Choice": What My 2-Year-Old Taught Me About Work/Life Balance

Kelly Muller

Be Flexible

I know I just said that you need to create a plan and stick to it, but having a small, dependent human changes that frequently. Missing appointments or meetings used to give me anxiety, but it’s now happened more times than I can count and each time, I have been met with nothing but compassion and understanding. I am now more understanding when others change plans because I know how often it occurs in my own day to day.

Be Available

It is so important to me to be available for my daughter whenever she needs me—and that includes when she asks me to read ‘I Am Doodle Cat’ for the hundredth time in a row. Sure, it’s frustrating when I need to send just one email, but all she knows is what I show her and I don’t ever want her to look back and remember that I was too busy for her.

 

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Choose Quality Over Quantity

I am lucky enough to work with a talented roster of clients who not only accept my way ofworking, but also understand it because they are all parents themselves. It wasn’t a conscious decision to do so, but it has been the core of effective and prosperous working relationships. Sunny has taught me that everything in life is about quality over quantity and that has been one of the most valuable lessons to date.

Take Fridays Off

There are times when my inbox is an endless sea of emails and I don’t know when I will have the time to start anything let alone finish it. No matter how much work there is to do, my daughter reminds me tomorrow is a brand new day. She has taught me when to say no, how to effectively prioritise and that telling your clients that you don’t work Fridays is totally OK. 

Don’t Forget the Real MVP

My husband and I don’t have family here in Australia, which means we don’t have a lot of help. Our days, nights and everything in between are mostly spent tag-teaming both our parenting and general adulting responsibilities. I couldn’t do it without him. He keeps our household running, sane, safe and fun. Communication is key, and showing love and appreciation for one another not only makes the never-ending lists feel possible; it sets a loving and respectful example for our daughter.  

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