I was on a call this week with a bunch of alumni from the OIA Future Leadership Academy. Whitney Conner Clapper from Patagonia was sharing her story of how she got from growing up in a college town across the Mississippi River from St. Louis to now. As she started explaining what she did for Patagonia, she talked about working with folks who run non-profits. Something she mentioned about them struck me:
She said how grassroots organization leaders work a full day, put the kids to bed, and then get to work doing what needs to be done for their non-profits.
Her point was they needed help, and that’s where she came in. But I was stuck on that thought about what I did after Katie and I put Sefton to bed. For me, it runs the gamut from definitely putting in hours for Sendline (like I am now, in fact) to working on house or creative projects to sometimes, yeah, relaxing.
The question I’m throwing out to consider is what do you do after you put your kids to bed? This actually doesn’t require you to have kids. Short of literally doing that, in other words, what do you do when you have a break from what you think you needed to do?
This also isn’t about cramming in productivity from the minute you wake up until you go to sleep. It’s okay to relax. I just thought it was a cool way to think about how I spend my downtime and thought I’d share.