How does a project manager organize her family and home? And what are the benefits to having planned out systems in place when it comes to things like chores and household responsibilities? This episode is jam-packed with amazing tips to manage boundaries, workload, time and energy so you can spend more of your time doing what you love.
Joining me is Hilary Kinney, a project director with 18 years of experience at a Fortune 500 company. She is also the proud mother of an elementary school student. Her recent parenting accomplishments include teaching him to, among other things, plan his day independently, make dinner, and get his chores done without complaining - most of the time. Her career achievements range from facilitating a C-suite-sponsored customer recognition program across 7,000 Marriott properties globally, to directing special projects for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company President’s office.
Hilary earned a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification from the Project Management Institute, as well as a Change Practitioner Certification from the Prosci® Change Management Leadership Center. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.
Listen in as we talk about:
* Prioritizing as a family. Hilary developed this concept based on the theory of constraints, which means managing to our limits.
* Creating ‘white space’. We discuss adding more space in our lives to just live and be present.
* Strategies to help families manage times of change. Hilary shares her best tips when it comes to helping families navigate change.
* Working together as a family team. There are ways to get our family on the same team, and Hilary talks about the ways that work for her family.
* Favourite organizational systems to use as a family. How do we get our family organized? Hilary teaches us how she keeps track of her family in her home.
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* Book: Project Management for Parents by Hilary Kinney https://www.projectmanagementforparents.com/book
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PRIORITIZING AS A FAMILY
Hilary developed the concept of prioritizing as a family based on the theory of constraints, which means managing to our limits. This can be a bit counter-cultural and different from what we're used to hearing, because we're used to thinking about how to maximize our time and get as much done as possible in the amount of time that we have. The project management theory of constraints flips that on its head and focuses on what our limits are and what we need to be restricted by.
CREATING 'WHITE SPACE'
“No matter how organized you are, if you've got too much going on categorically, you're not going to be able to make it happen.”
Creating white space is imperative for busy families. The idea is that it’s like a buffer of free time where you don’t have anything scheduled or plan...