Posts in Mental Health
Feeling Guilty or Selfish About Your Time

Let me know if this sounds familiar. You come home from work ready to be active, get in a workout, or go for a run. You’re determined. The only problem is the second you walk in the door your bombarded with, “Daddy!”. Your child, or children, run to give you a hug. Before you even have time to take off your jacket they’re pulling you to the couch or floor, imploring you to play or show you something they made. Playtime quickly becomes dinnertime, which quickly becomes bath-time, then bedtime, which quickly becomes collapse-on-the-couch-with-your-wife-time. By this point you’re exhausted, your motivation is shot, and it’s time to go to bed and start the day over again.

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Dad Level Expert

So you're setting goals now.  That's awesome!  Hopefully you're using the stretch and smart goals to actually make some progress.  But as you do, I issue a warning: at some point you're probably going to feel like an imposter.  It's okay.  We've all been there, suffering with imposter syndrome.  It's kind of how you feel when it sets in that you're going to be a Dad.  Who the hell let that happen?

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The Currency of Time

Time is the most valuable thing we have in our lives, but we squander it away without giving it a second thought.  Maybe you've done some light accounting late at night thinking to yourself, "where did that day go?".  But that's like thinking about where your money is going after it's spent.  By viewing our time as currency we're more likely to assign it more value.  That's why it's important to account for your time.  The same way you budget your money you should budget your time.

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What Is Mindfulness?

Have you ever searched the entire house for your keys or glasses only to find they were in your hand or on your head?  Ever logged onto your computer or phone with a specific task in mind only to find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Instagram 15 or 20 minutes later having forgotten your initial task?

If either of these scenarios sound familiar than you already know what it's like to struggle with mindfulness. 

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S T R E T C H Goals and SMART Goals

This month here at the DadHab we're all about goal setting.  But sometimes we don't want to set large goals because they seem too challenging and we don't know how to get started.  With this exercise we show you how to take larger goals and break them down into more manageable tasks. 

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What "To Do"?

In my experience, the simplest way to take control of time is by creating a daily “to do” list. Every morning I write down the few most important tasks needed to get done that day. Prioritize what really is most important. Try not to get overly ambitious: an over-stuffed list can be just as daunting and stressful as a scattered mind. 

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