I’ve enjoyed every team leader position I’ve been in. I was the kind of manager who demanded a lot from my employees, but also mentored and cared about them as individuals. I worked hard to build a team mentality and the culture of constant improvement.
So what happened to that great manager?
For the last couple months I’ve been struggling to get the most basic tasks done at home. It seems I end every day exhausted and wondering where the time went. I look around and realize how little was accomplished, and I am determined to ‘do better tomorrow’. Then tomorrow rolls around, and pretty soon weeks go by, and before I know it I don’t remember the last time the bathroom was cleaned. Time management for the stay at home mom is one of the biggest challenges.
So I’ve decided to give myself a mid-year review. As I’ve told employees in the past, this is a tool to make sure we are all on track to be successful at the end of the year. Here’s to success.
1. Time Management. Rating 1 out of 5. You suck at time management. You spend too much time in the vortex that is facebook/twitter/snapchat/texting and the like. Your use of electronic devices must be limited starting today.
2. Meal Preparation. Rating 2 out of 5. While the family does at least eat, the use of nutritious, vegetable type foods must be incorporated. Some kind of green item must be used at least 4 times a week. The use of chicken nuggets and tater tots for dinner must stop.
3. Laundry. Rating 3 out of 5. This high rating is only achieved because laundry is out-sourced to the family members. For gods-sake though, do something with that pile of towels on the couch.
4. Carpooling. Rating 4 out of 5. This is one area you excel. No one has been forgotten, and various trips across town back and forth to school/volleyball/4H and weekend rowing trips have been accomplished without running out of gas or major incident. You lost one point due to the tardy on an otherwise perfect attendance of your fifth-grader, and that unfortunate day you almost killed the cat. Getting lost while driving to the Bay Area is acceptable.
5. Communication with extended family members. 5 out of 5. Keep up the good work with your ‘picture of the day’ program. The grandparents love it and you have a knack for capturing baby E’s daily activities.
This concludes your evaluation. Over the next 30 days start using lists, time maps and phone timers to help get organized and lets meet again to review your progress.
Want tips and tricks to getting organized, and time management for the stay at home mom? Me too. Share if you have some, check back to find out what I’ve learned.