Like so many people I have a busy life. A more that full-time job as a Recruiter, 2 kids, 1 wife, a large extended family, a dwindling social life and now a dog.
It's become custom that I'm the one tasked with giving the mutt (known as Paddy) his before bedtime walk to make sure he's "empty" before we all settle down for the night. Given my aforementioned busy life and the fact that I wasn't the one who decided to bring Paddy into the family you can perhaps understand my slight curmudgeonliness around having to pull on boots, coat and hat and leave the comfort of the fire to wander the night streets (often in the rain).
But you know what? It's turned into a Zen-inducing routine which, I must confess, has been bloody marvellous. After 10.00 pm the streets are quiet and I find a 15 minute space to collect my thoughts. I process what I've done that day (at work and at home) and plan and prioritise what needs to be done tomorrow when a new day starts. By the time I get home I can climb into bed a calmer (if slightly colder) person; a man-with-a-plan.
Lesson of the blog? Find some space and time to reflect on what's working, what needs improving and formulate a plan (dog is optional).