Prior proper preparation really does prevent p*** poor performance for busy mums.
The five P’s is often used in office jargon, management training courses and even in the military, which makes it an excellent rule to transport into family life.
And to be honest, managing a family and the constant demands on our time are like running a small company or organising an undisciplined battalion.
Some people – the ones who tend to be a little less organised – or as one lady said to me once, ” I am more of an as it happens sort of person” rebel at the idea of planning. Looking ahead and seeing what is coming down the line isn’t boring or small-minded – it just helps life run a little more smoothly.
Proper prior planning may simply be a matter of getting into the habit of checking what you are doing not just today – but for the rest of the week and probably the following weeks and months as well.
Also to make the planning not just visual, it really is worth writing down everything you need to do, ideally in your diary. This will act as not only a to do list – but remind you that you need to schedule time in for all this stuff.
Something a lot of us are not very good at remembering. It is almost as though – all the chores, meals, and paperwork, miraculously don’t take up any time at all.
By planning and checking ahead to ensure there is enough food in the house, clean clothes – along with managing all the other day-to-day stuff, will result in fewer domestic dramas, take-aways and emergency trips to the shops. All of course inevitably happening at the most inconvenient moment possible.
So remember prior, proper preparation prevents p*** poor performance. (Using your own favourite expletive of course.)