If you’re trying to integrate your life and you’re having a hard time, here’s one of the fatal flaws. You’re Type A personality. You’re engaged and passionate about what you do, and it’s really, really easy to get caught up in the project of the moment, in that new thing that hits your plate right as you’re walking out of the door.
You have the ability to step back and notify your spouse when things reach the point that you know you’re going to be home late. The worst thing that can happen is you call your wife at 5:45 PM to tell her that you’re not going to be home in time for 6:00 dinner.
No kidding! Of course you’re not! You have a 30-minute commute home!
Rather, make it a point to be proactive. As soon as you see your day stacking up, give your wife a call. Let her know at 2:00 that things are beginning to get behind and set the expectations that you may have an issue.
The surprise is the worst part. Manage your time. Manage yourself as you would any other appointment you have.
Committing to being home on time and having that family dinner is an essential part of living an integrated life.