by Leo Wiles
07 February 2018
I am my own worst enemy when it comes to projects – I just can never say no. What do you do when you miscalculate and end up with too much work than you can handle? How do you manage life, family AND work? Jen
If you were to knock on my door and find me under a pile of carrots, shallots, ginger and chilli, would I be a) procrastinating b) heading off a cold c) gearing up for a new contract?
Probably c. Because as regular readers will know, as a single mum to three kids (and let’s not forget the dogs and Carmel the guinea pig), military planning is the cornerstone of my ‘success’. Filling the fridge and freezers to breaking point is the first step – and means no matter how strung out or busy there’s a nutritious meal available any given day.
Other ways I deal with a large workload heading my way is call in the troops. I ask for support from friends/family if I need it. I book childcare for before and after school care in the weeks out from deadlines. I also try to plan meetings out of hours if I can, and pull weekend work when necessary. And I outsource whatever I can afford to which helps me channel more time into getting my work done.
My large personal planner also goes into overdrive, with all milestones plotted here AND on a Gantt chart. I ignore things that can wait (going for inbox zero, for example, is just going to suck away more time that should be focussed on my deadlines).
More importantly, perhaps, is that I begin to say no. No to my volunteer work for the local sports clubs, newspaper and Soquilichi Rescue Ranch. That way I pretend to keep my sanity.
What do you do to stay sane when you hit a busy period?