Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I was a project manager for the federal lobbying department at a public health non-profit. I managed a lot of special events, including one where I was among the lead planners on a day where 3,500 volunteer advocates had meetings with every single Member of Congress and the Senate. It was a massive undertaking and the logistical elements were breathtaking. For the 6 weeks leading up to the event, I worked 10 and 12 hour days. I was on daily conference calls before 8 AM where the president of the organization fretted openly about the weather because it was the only thing that the staff couldn’t control. I was juggling the needs of volunteers with the demands of elected officials. I dreamed of color-coded spreadsheets and appointment lists. Every night, I woke with a start at least once and had to scramble through my mind for the threads of all my responsibilities and go over the litany of what needed to be done at work later before I could settle back to sleep. It was a constant, high-pitched level of tension.
That’s how I feel every day as a stay-at-home mom.
This morning I gasped awake at 3 AM thinking, “It’s Wednesday. C has water play at school so swimsuit. And J is coming home with us. Do I have cash to pay the sitter? The baby will be up to nurse soon. Husband is asleep. He has that meeting today. I need to go to Costco for garbage bags. Baby has Little Gym so no time for Costco. I really should sleep while I can. Are we out of coffee? That would be a huge problem.”
I don’t know if that nightly agenda review helps me manage my days. I doubt it, since an adrenaline jolt is probably not good for my overall sleep and sleep is critical to functioning at top speed. But it reminds me that being a mom is not easy. It’s just as hard as any office job that I’ve ever held. And, truthfully, it’s strikingly similar to all the project management jobs I’ve ever had.
Here are 6 ways being a mom is just like being a project manager!
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