When I became a stay-at-home mom after 15 years in the workforce, I quickly became overwhelmed by disorganization and inefficiency at home versus how I used to be in the workplace. As a full time working mother for several years, my time management skills at work were fully honed! I was able to stay on top of things that required my attention. Nevertheless, this didn't prepare me for being a full time stay-at-home mom. After two or three months of frustration at my inability to "keep my home," I realized that what I needed was some "structure." But my challenge was, I didn't even know where to start! I did not naturally gravitate towards what needed to be done. Instead, I rationalized my reluctance to do housekeeping by citing all the other demands on my time--my children, my other interests, and my other commitments.
My journey towards finding and incorporating "structure" into my day begins with my involvement on an email list for stay-at-home moms. I was happy to see that there were others like me! Perhaps the most heartening thing that I found was that some moms had actually begun to master home management in such a way that they had time for other things that were important to them! That was my goal as well. I'd like to share with you some things that are working well for me. My husband marvels at how much I am able to accomplish and still have bits of time left over. I was just glad to find that there's nothing "magical" about being able to get things done, you simply have to have a plan and a system. Here's mine:
I challenge you to look at methods for organizing your home and time so that things run smoothly. Your family will thrive, you will be less frustrated, and you will have time for what it is most important to you!
Copyright 1999 Janet Russell
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