A few days ago I realized how easy it is to have a planned day become a very unplanned one in a matter of minutes. As a new father I am always ready to shift from one task to the other since I have to become even more flexible than I was before.
I have always been flexible with my clients and now I have to add another factor to my business plan “Family Interruptions”. My four legged son #Juanga got hurt more than a week ago. I had to change that day’s tasks and goals and make sure I took care of what was critical first. Some people may call it putting out fires I called that specific incident going to the Vet. Yes I know this site is Papaheroes and we should be talking about how we are good dads and parents but I consider myself to be Juanga’s dad (since I am not sure if Juanga knows that I am not his biological father I prefer you to keep this between me and you).
The experiences we had with Juanga as a Puppy really prepared me in some way to get ready for my daughter Daniela’s arrival. As a puppy, Juanga was sick for the first few days and then we were house breaking him for weeks.I wish we could teach Daniela to go to the bathroom as quickly as JuanGa but eventually everything comes with time and many boxes of diapers).
I personally love my dog and I try to make him as comfortable as possible. So trying to look out for Juanga’s well being has really taught me a thing or two these last 18 months.
Being a father to Daniela for almost 6 months has really fined tuned those other areas and things I learned when taking care of Juanga. Some of the things I make a priority are making sure we are always ready for an emergency just like last week.
As a small business owner and a new father I leave space for those occasions where I might need to leave work on the side and get a situation under control similar to Juanga’s visit to the vet.
I am Always Ready for Emergencies in the Following Way
- I work every opportunity I get to be ahead of the game and never fall back on any projects.
- I always have enough gas in the car to drive me around the Island and get me anywhere I need to last me a few days.
- I have my laptop and my iPad with full charge and a mobile broadband internet connection which allows me to set up an office anywhere.
- I have a packed bag with my critical tools; all I need is to pop in my computer and my iPad and I am on the go.
- I try to place things in the same places to find them easily in an emergency ( I still have to work on this one a bit better).
How do you prepare for emergencies?
Have you created a list in your mind or even better a physical list to make sure you can react as quickly as possible?
So as Juanga Recovers by taking a break in grass I am thinking of how I can be well prepared for the next unexpected event.