You and your family as core business
At work I have a set of service specifications and those service specifications have key performance indicators and those indicators are my core business.
Pre-baby I interpreted those service specifications broadly and I encompassed far more than I was required to because I could and I wanted to - I'm easily inspired by a good idea.
Post-baby I returned to work part-time, now working three days per week and job sharing the role.
Working part-time, I no longer have the flexibility to interpret those specifications as broadly, if I do I end up with lesser quality outcomes on core projects and a potential negative impact on my family, because no one wants a stressed out, tired me in the house.
So at work I now take a step back. Rather than being the first to put up my hand, I wait to see who else might. Every task I am approached with, I look at how well it fits within the definition of my core business before committing, knowing that every commitment will have a rolling impact on other tasks and potentially my family. I have been doing this successfully for more than six months and the quality of my work is higher than ever.
This fits well with my New Years resolution, to promote what is important and demote the superficial.
What are your service specifications, key performance indicators and core business when it comes to you and your family?
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As a mother I want my little boys basic needs met, I want him to feel loved and secure, I want his days to be stimulating, I want to foster his learning and lead by example.
As a woman, I want to be a good wife and mother, I want to be healthy and energetic, I want to be good to my family and friends and I want to find opportunities to be creative and feel challenged.
So for every commitment I make I will now ask myself at home as I do at work - is this my core business? If it's not, the answer will be no, because I want quality outcomes where it counts.