Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s an excerpt from my best-selling book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide. (Which would make a great gift for yourself or any of the dads in your life!) This excerpt is all about how using time chunks can help keep us focused on family time and free up our mental energy to get the most out of it. It also references Harry Potter. Enjoy!
Regularly Scheduled Time Chunks of Unstructured Activity
A few hours dedicated to a single father-kid activity is better than several distracted twenty minute snippets scattered throughout the day.
When I first started writing this book, for example, Nick would often ask me to play. I didn’t want to disappoint him, so I’d set aside my laptop and join him for ten minutes of Wii LEGO Harry Potter. Then, I’d go back to my writing. Invariably, he’d be back asking me to play a half-hour later, and we’d repeat the cycle.