What a unique time in history we are in! Throughout history moms have had to work outside the home but usually because of inherited poverty, the husband died, or was a deadbeat. After all, “a woman’s place was in the home”. WWII changed all that for Americans. Moms went to work away from home because Dads were headed off to Europe or the Pacific Rim to fight the good fight. This meant that altho’ the work force was gone the need of the military-industrial complex continued – and grew. Next came the “latch key kid” phenomenon where kids were left at home to take care of themselves because Mom and Dad were both at work. Today, with the changes in the economy and / or priorities, the trend is changing. Families are finding either one or both parents are home looking for work OR going to work for themselves, hoping to create a businesses that will support the family (without demanding too much time away).
How do parents who want to participate in school activities, support their kids, be at home for meals, read stories before going to bed have time to build their business? The easy answer is Time Management. The hard answer is Energy Management. The real answer is choosing to live by your priorities and values when it is going to cost you something.
First, let’s debunk the myth of Time Management: No one manages Time! It just keeps tickin’ regardless of what we are doing or not doing. What we do manage is what we do with the time we have. Want to know how you are doing? Think of Time like money in a Bank. We cannot “save” hours for the next day, but each day gets replenished with a new deposit of 24 hours. Now, just like your money: Track your time for a week. Use a daily time sheet and fill it in during the day. This could be an eye-opener. It will also provide a base line for tracking the results of other changes you make…and help determine the “Return on your Time Investments”. This is enough to get you started for a week. There are other ideas about how to plan your Time investments which we’ll explore later.
Likewise we will explore “Energy Management” (the how we get done what is most important without getting exhausted) And, just so you aren’t exhausted reading we’ll stop here for tonight with the promise of more on this subject later!