It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night and I am looking at 3 more hours of work minimum – and this blog is due, I haven’t had dinner, and I have a conference call in an hour.
Being a working mom, I know how to juggle and I know how to maximize my resources. But sometimes even me at my best isn’t enough and I have to live with the inevitable reality that I can either do a lot of things half as good as I’d like, or a few things as best I can. Fortunately or unfortunately, I find myself more and more in the former of these categories.
A perfectionist by nature and an obsessive recovering alcoholic by birth rite, the former category is a constant source of angst for me, but one in which I am learning to embrace.
Why? – because masterful and creative multi tasking actually allow me to keep my nose above water and my chin in the game. And, when I really think about what drives my choices and priorities as I multi-task through my days at work, it is my children, my partner, and my own emotional and physical health.
For example, if I know I have a 12 hour day ahead of me at work, I get up early and go for a swim, do a pilates tape, or go for a run. If I know I have a 12 hour day ahead of me and my daughter needs a ride somewhere, a helping hand, or just a pep talk, I find a slice in the day to make it happen. Or if I know that 12 hour day just isn’t going to allow any time for me or my girls, I put my head down, hold my own hand and text often to the people in my life who remind me that I’m more then my job.
I’ve been doing this long enough that it is almost second nature, but there are days when I just want to climb under a rock – but I don’t and I won’t.