Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. No seriously!!!! It comes with great sacrifice whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mom. I have been on both sides and I don’t think that either is easier, they are just different. I have been a mom for almost 15 years (7 of which I was a stay at home mom) and what I have learned on this journey of motherhood is that in order to be successful you have to be adaptable. Likewise, when you embark on the journey of organization flexibility is imperative to your success.
As a stay at home mom I struggled at times and as a working mom I’ve had similar struggles but I learned to put certain systems in place to adjust to the challenges of both. When I went back to full time work outside of the home after being a stay at home mom for so many years I came to the realization that I couldn’t do everything and be everything to everyone. This was a process!!!! I had to learn to let certain things go, which was extremely hard for me because of my perfectionist nature.
Once I reconciled this fact and adapted to my new reality it made the adjustment manageable. Putting these systems into play has enabled me to be successful not only in my home life but in my professional life as well. It’s almost comical to me but I’ve consistently received comments from co-workers and managers on how extremely organized I am. In fact I was approached by my Director to teach a lunch n learn for our department on organization (which never happened as I decided to move on from that position).
My journey through motherhood has not always been easy but I’ve managed (by the grace of God) to persevere. As a mom of three, I have to continuously re-evaluate that the systems I’ve implemented are effective and beneficial to my family. Getting organized is also a process, it is not a one-time event. It is a continuous journey of re-evaluating and implementing systems similar to that of motherhood. However, like motherhood once you start the journey you will realize how rewarding it is.