This past labor day, I took my wife and kids out to a little place called Rinky Dink Family Fun Center. Basically it was an activity place that has what seems like a ton of fun stuff for kids (and to a lesser extent adults too). It has three putt-putt golf courses, an arcade, a go-kart course, bumper boats, a bouncy inflatable to jump in, a batting cage, food, ice cream, etc. Pretty much it’s basically a kid’s paradise, but not for me.
I decided to take the latest book that I borrowed from the library along with my new laptop and was going to go to town and crank out a few posts for my blog. Once I got there, my daughter convinced me otherwise (yeah, she’s got me wrapped around her little finger). So, I bought 4 rounds of golf (at $6 per person) and we played putt-putt golf. We all had a great time, and the kids, wife and I were heading to the arcade portion of the family center, when I noticed something very unusually. There, in the room where they hold birthdays, tucked out-of-the-way sitting by a small table, was a man with a book and a laptop. I thought, “he stole my idea“, but good for him!
As I stood there in disbelieve, a party of four young teenagers went over to him, asked for their dad’s credit card, then got in line for some food (ice cream I believe). Apparently, he was multitasking by taking his teenage kid(s) along with some friend to the Family Fun Center. You see, the Rinky Dink center has a pay one price and the guests can do anything that they want all day long, and I’m betting that is what the guy decided to do. In my head I was clapping and congratulating him for living what I preach and multitasking to get more done. He’s being a great dad, by letting his kids have a great time, while doing some serious work while keeps a close eye on them or at least know where they are at and what they are doing.
I was going to do the same idea as he was doing, but my daughter’s wish to have me participate in put-put golf, won out (and always will). But in this guy’s case, his teenage kids and their friends would have a better time goofing off around in the park. So for this man, he had a win-win scenario! He got his work done and scored big points with his kids (and their friends).
I have to admit, I was dumbfounded to see my idea being practiced by another person. And I thought I was so clever… I believe that I just saw what I will be doing and look like in another 3 to 5 years from now. I heard the twilight theme sounds in my head as I left the future version of myself back at the Family Fun Center, very weird experience!
Do you multitask in cases like this one, effectively creating win-win scenarios for you and your family?