That laundry basket seems to travel around the house and never gets emptied. Do you know that basket? Families don’t have time to finish the laundry. It looks like cleaning up the kitchen is another problem for most people. It seems as if the most significant pitfall in home management is not using those skills that make us succeed at work, at home. A lack of systems and time management at home might be to blame.
I started thinking about this the other day when I counted over ten car trips in a single day. These many trips were not an exception. I have three children, and I never had a chauffeur, a maid, a nanny, or a cook. There was a time in our lives that the average was fourteen car trips a day.
I have worked outside the home during most of my children’s lives, developed my business, and worked with clients. But through it all, the house always looked and felt like the ideal place to rest and recharge.
My life is no different than yours when it comes to time demands. Unfortunately, I have no magic or external help. What I have are good time management skills and systems. These are things we can all learn and apply in the home environment.
I have identified a common pitfall among household managers — not acting as managers at home. Many people do not apply the skill set that makes them successful at work in their homes. Why not?
If you work outside the house, you have managed to keep your job. However, doing so has probably required staying on top of things, not allowing anything to slip through the cracks.
Regardless of the type of work you do, there are out-of-the-ordinary projects and day-to-day ones. And those routine tasks most likely comprise the backbone of your job. Whether you supervise those tasks or execute them, the responsibility is yours. If you stopped ensuring those processes were thoroughly performed, things would go south rapidly.
Why can’t we all plan and execute like actual managers at home? One might think it is because home is where we rest. We don’t want to think of chores and duties at home.
But the irony here is that the less attention you pay to chores and duties, the more chaotic your home environment will be, and the less you can rest and relax at home.
Looking for the million things you can’t find in the home, buying duplicates, wasting time, effort, and money, forgetting essential family commitments, or not having a dining room table available to gather around.
Each time we neglect our home duties, we add a new layer of chaos to our most intimate environment. We invite in the energetic shift that such chaos brings. Are you sure your home is where you want to rest and forget about the stress of your job?
Running the home like a well-oiled machine requires planning what needs to happen. Remember that what gets scheduled gets done. You would not leave it to chance or rely on “when you have time” to make client appointments at work or to write that report for the boss, right?
So then, why not schedule house chores and involve everyone in the household? This way, everyone contributes to the home and learns to execute these domestic chores. This knowledge is essential. Your kids don’t want to go to college to realize they don’t even know how to boil an egg.
Much of our household stress would decrease if we could transfer some of the management skills we proudly display at work to the home and start planning and scheduling the many menial household tasks.
Planning allows us to control when and how these things happen, while scheduling means that those chores will stop interfering with our lives — they will be part of it.