Family life can be stressful and hectic at time. While you wouldn’t trade your family for anything in the world, there are times you wish you could reign things in a bit and at least keep up.
One of the best ways to manage anything – whether it’s building a skyscraper or running a household – is by breaking things down into smaller chunks. Learn to see your home and family life as a series of distinct departments, and you’ll be well on your way to creating some semblance of order.
Here are some of the various aspects of home and family life you can compartmentalize for easier management:
- Scheduling department. Someone needs to manage the family calendar and make sure that everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there. That also means working out scheduling conflicts.
- Transportation department. Scheduling and transportation go hand in hand. The number of licensed drivers in the home, the number of vehicles and the number of places everyone needs to be at the same time must all be weighed and scheduled.
- The property department. Your home and belongings need to be organized, maintained and cared for. The person who manages the property department needs to be an expert at delegation, or they’ll find themselves doing all of the work.
- The nutrition department. Planning your meals and shopping accordingly is important if you’re going to provide tasty yet nutritious food for your family.
- The finance department. This includes creating and managing a family budget, paying the bills, putting away money for retirement, college and other savings, and giving to charity.
- The social department. Everyone in the home has obligations as a spouse, parent, child, friend, neighbor and more. Those obligations have to be balanced, scheduled and managed.
If it sounds like running a home is like running a business, that’s because it is. Learn to compartmentalize, divide up the labor as appropriate and manage your household resources and everyone in your family will be happier and healthier in the long run – and you’ll be a lot less stressed.