As a high school educator, I was addicted to accomplishing my to-do list because I knew the outcome directly impacted students. I took that responsibility seriously and would start working on getting the next thing done on my list without any rest in between.
I knew I was missing out on life, so to get the flexibility I craved, I started my own business.
But my old habits caught up with me and my breaking point came in the summer of 2011. My husband, a fellow school teacher, asked me to join him for breakfast on our patio. “I’ll join you in a minute,” I promised, and kept on my task, which ended up lasting until lunch. I promised myself I would join him the next day and brushed aside the guilt as there were three months full of summer patio breakfast dates to enjoy.