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What Stress?!

May 7, 2012

I’m preparing fora meeting with a neurologist tomorrow by taking stock of the stress factors I do and do not have an ability to influence in my life. It’s been surprisingly encouraging.

Like I realized that I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Not always uninterrupted. But this is a huge improvement from a few years ago, which is reason for praise!

But look where my thoughts on “busyness” took me. Any ideas?

Busyness. Being a church administrator was great training for juggling the multiple balls of employees, payroll, IEPs, OT, PT, ST, doctors, specialists, equipment, and cooking two meals every meal to accommodate dietary needs. This is beyond managing three school schedules–home school (done for the year!; will drop out come fall), private school and public school; youth group etc.

I don’t do so well managing this because I continually underestimate how much work it actually is and because the workload fluctuates. I do it all wearing my “mommy” hat, which seems like the natural thing to do when the business stems from my kids. But I really need to recognize the added work and assign a time value to it so I appreciate that this is like working part-time on top of the typical demands of being a wife and mother.Β 

If I viewed this added business as a job, not a routine part of being a mom, I would be using a planner system more sophisticated than my calendar to help me stay proactive about the predictable pieces. Β The stuff required to help meet my kids’ special needs is routine for the life God has given me. But “routine” doesn’t mean I have to juggle it all without an external information management system.

When I left the professional world, managers were transitioning from Franklin Planners to PDAs. That was a while ago :). What do you use to help you plan/manage a busy family life? I don’t have an i-phone but we’re considering one. Would that help? Thanks!


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2012 10:12 am

    The best thing I have realized lately is that no matter how well organized I am with my personal Android calender I still have to maintain a wall calender system for the rest of the family (daddy and older kids.) They need to know what the schedule looks like so that our expectations match up.

  2. May 8, 2012 2:57 pm

    I second just a wall calendar that we all look at πŸ™‚ Oh and don’t laugh..post it notes…sometimes it’s that basic…a note that says “so and so needs a bath tonight” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ or ones that tell me my top 3 priorities for the day that day πŸ™‚ I wish I had something better so if you devise something let us all know!!

  3. May 10, 2012 9:25 am

    I have to chuckle at the Franklin Planner reference. Because when I left the corporate world, I was still in the era of the Franklin Planner! So…..you can guess what my favorite method is πŸ™‚ Admittedly, since I have to purchase the calendar system myself, rather than my employer, I purchase the Office Depot version of a calendar. Smart phone? Just an expensive device in which to spill my coffee.

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