I am single dad with a lot of responsibility. My goal is to be productive in my work and ministry, and at the same time, take care of my domestic responsibilities. This requires me to be creative with my time.
There is a bit of a challenge because I do have to work a lot. I teach three classes every semester at the local university and love interacting with students about the big ideas of the day. I also work for a ministry where I do consulting work for churches and campus ministries. If that wasn’t enough, I am an active member of my church, write books and a blog. I am a glutton for punishment, I guess.
I am also a proud dad of an 8-year-old daughter who is the love of my life. I am intentional about carving time out for her. I pick her up somewhere between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Once we get in the car, like clockwork, she asks me about my day. I, in turn, ask her the same question. From there, either we go home to eat or stop by a restaurant to grab a bite, followed by more conversation. I take an hour or so, depending on how early I pick her up from school, and spend further time with her.
When the care giver arrives, usually around 5:30 p.m., it is back to work. I work until she leaves around 8 p.m. However, the secret of my productivity has yet to be revealed. Faith is in bed at 8:30 and I use the next 3-4 hours to do, you guessed it, more work. This is the most productive time of the day for me. This is where I do my reading, studying, cleaning, and organizing.
Occasionally, I take a night to watch something on Netflix, but not often. I do try to take a couple of hours each week to play golf or Frisbee golf. I need the exercise.
When my home was a 2-parent home, my schedule was a little different. It is worth the sacrifice, however, for me to spend the quality time with Faith. After all, you only live once.