I’m a project manager and didn’t know it. More than likely you are, too.
Like most moms, I have to concern myself with making sure everybody else in my family is taken care of. I don’t get up every day and just worry about myself, what do I need to get done today? Where do I need to be?
I get to worry about everybody else as well. Does K have someone to get her to the practice she has to be at this afternoon? Does she need a physical to get her school sports participation forms filled out and in by the deadline? Did G remember to tell his boss that he has a doctor’s appointment and will be late to work tomorrow? Did C take care of the college loan payment issue he’s having? Is there something in the fridge that they all can make for dinner because I’m going to be working late tonight? Is the laundry done so my husband will have clean clothes to pack for his business trip?
The list goes on…. and on. So many little details that frankly, I’m shocked that more things haven’t been forgotten or missed over the years.
Of course, this comes on the heels of my writing about letting your kids fail and make their own mistakes, so I hope I’m not contradicting myself. Am I micro-managing again?
Earlier today I sent a son an e-mail reminding him of some important tasks he needed to complete today. Trust me. If these were run-of-the-mill things, I wouldn’t bother. They were important, so I cc’d my husband. You see, as a project manager by day, he has a tendency to frequently ask me whether these little details have been addressed and completed. He’s also a delegator — and good at it.
“Spoken like a project manager,” was his e-mail reply to me.
I hadn’t thought about it before, but I have totally been a project manager since we started our family 23 years ago. And so has every other mom out there.