"With all the projects you manage, besides being a mom, how do you control the traffic of demands on your time? How do you get it all done?"
I do get that question a lot. Truth is, I take it a day at a time and prioritize based on the needs of my focus audiences. I have good runs where I’m early to bed, early to rise, proactive and productive. I’m responsive to my team, I’m smiling, sharp and in complete control of my schedule. I meet the kids off the bus, serve a home-cooked meal to my family and surprise my husband with unscheduled date nights.
Then, there are those other runs where my schedule starts to control me and I consume comfort food, stop sleeping, get weeks behind on email, forget to turn off the bath water, mow over the phone, feed the kids cereal and sleep through date nights. One time I was in so over my head, pulled so many different directions that I actually left the house without my shirt on. I’m not lying. I did that. Left for work and completely forgot to put my shirt on. I remembered my coat. I just didn’t have a shirt on under it. I was at the office before I realized it.
So it’s all about moving back and forth between the two extremes for me and spending time on both sides to appreciate the place I’m supposed to be. When I start to have journal entries that look like this “Dear God. What does a nervous breakdown feel like? Because I’m sure I’m in one.” I know it’s time to make a change. My husband, my boss and my team jump in when they see the signs. They lift me up, extend me grace and focus me on the main thing during those crazy times to get me back to less clutter, less noise in my own life. And, during my controlled seasons, I try to do the same for them.
So, how do I get it all done? I don't.