Mothers are: a social secretary, chauffeur, housekeeper, cook, book keeper, project manager, nurse, health and nutrition consultant, tutor, life coach, negotiator, lifestyle facilitator, personal assistant, guardian, teacher, mentor, friend… and the rest.
All mother’s are Working Mothers!
So… is your work environment set up to be as organised, efficient and practical as possible?
Is any part of your workplace (home) causing frustration or stress?
Here are a few ideas which might help:
- Decide on one space for each activity. If you find that you need to constantly fetch materials or equipment from another place and then have to return it to that place, store them in the space where they are used the most.
- Keep duplicates in the places they’re needed. For frequently needed items have another set in all the places you need them for fast and easy retrieval and replacement.
- To encourage independence in family members, label assigned spaces. If all family members are able to retrieve and return items to the correct place it will be easier to locate the items when needed and avoid clutter build up.
- Decide on the standard you can manage. If you would like family members to take responsibility for some activities you may have to adapt to their capacity. Labelled baskets and boxes contain and hide things that are less than perfectly arranged or folded.
- If possible upgrade your equipment. It is not necessary to work with broken or inadequate equipment that is poorly stored and hard to access or use. When possible replace faulty items with a better quality version and improve access.
- Make sure you have what you need. If you are struggling with a task or a space take some time to think about how you could improve it. Do you need storage? Do you need to declutter? Better equipment? Or do you need help?
You wouldn’t expect an employee to put up with a poor working environment, so why should you?
Take good care of yourself please.