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Published: 24th of Apr 2020 by: Carolyn Kessler

Our Virtual facilitator-led courses (via zoom) and range of online courses are tailor-made for a time such as this. After reading through this blog, you're likely to see just how important it has become to increase your skill-set right now.

The Covid-19 Pandemic and National Lockdown has put a lot of pressure on not only the economy, but the people of this country. Included, of course, are parents... Do any of you parents ever take a step back and list the innumerable tasks which you perform timeously in order to keep your kids, home and work running as smoothly as possible?

I doubt it. You're so caught up in the daily grind, you move into autopilot as you awaken and remain in that state until you put your exhausted head on the pillow at night.

Most days, they have to ensure their sleepy kid is woken up on time, fed, watered, has her books, lunch and change of clothes all packed, before she screams out the door to climb into the car. Then it's negotiating the traffic whilst attempting to inject some positivity about the day ahead into a less than co-operative, whinging little passenger. All this has to take place in sequence if they want to achieve the non-negotiable deadline of depositing said child outside the school gates by 8 am.

Now, add to this litany of tasks the fact that you have to keep your children entertained and out of your hair during lockdown, as well as see to their being schooled from home. Not to forget that you too are as anxious about keeping your head above water financially.

For most parents, this daily grind is accomplished within the tightest time margins, often with a team of one, whilst they're simultaneously organising their own frantically busy days.

Essentially, you are running a never ending project and, long before these apparently mundane events could take place, the parent will have undertaken a process of careful planning.

You will have ascertained which school to send your child much earlier on. Looked at all relevant factors such as distance from home, ethos of the institution, how to afford the fees, buy all the requisite uniform and stationery requirements. You would have observed their child's strengths and challenges and identified their needs before they thought to book them into a specific school. In fact the planning probably started even before the possibility of school was on the horizon. It's all about observation, attention to detail and understanding how the finished product should look.

Sending your child to the perfect school with all the relevant paraphernalia would be completely useless if you arbitrarily pushed the timeline out by 5 years because you didn't realise its importance!

Here's why raising children requires a Project Management approach if both they and you are to make it to their 21st birthday!

Project Management is all about planning and how successful parents unconsciously use its precepts to bring order to their lives:

1. As I've said, Project Management is all about planning. Planning in the present for the future in the short, medium and long term.

2. This planning can't be done in unformed ideas - it needs to be detailed with every single future action identified. This attention to detail is key to a successful outcome.

3. Which leads us in to this point - the desired outcome has to be envisioned in all its aspects before you can identify what actions you need to take in order to achieve the right result.

4. Not only do you need to have a detailed break-down of what the finished result must look like, you must specify this in minute detail. In other words, you're noting what a quality result should look when "held up to the light".

5. You can't deliver quality if you don't know what's required to achieve it - here's where you realise that a comprehensive scope definition is essential.

6. You can't achieve the desired result if you don't first analyse the process and note all the possible risk factors inherent in its initiation and progress through to completion.

7. You won't have a clue how to analyse the process if you haven't first set up clear framework detailing the course this process must follow.

8. For this you need to bring together a properly briefed team which will work together to bring home the prize.

9. You won't know who to choose for your team if you haven't identified the type of skills required - it can't just be a bunch uninterested, poorly skilled people - their capabilities are an essential resource.

10. Which leads us to the fact that you have to know what resources you have in hand or require: time, skills, budget, clarity of vision.

11. And finally, you need to know your completion date - dropping your kid at school at 10.30 in the morning is quite obviously not an option.

I could list another dozen areas where Project Management and/or Stress and Time training should become a priority in our lives.

I won't do it here though - come join us on our Virtual Facilitator-led 2 day Basic Project Management course or, possibly even more applicable right now: our Stress and Time Management course, again through zoom or our range of online courses...

Staff Training is a South African soft skills training provider with more than 60 workshops on offer, all available for our facilitator-led virtual training, as well as various Online Courses.

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