I have an organizational website filled with lists and planning pages. While I use these lists myself and feel ever so grateful to have them available to me, what I really need is a clone or two. Each one of us would have a full plate of responsibilities. Each one of us would squeeze as much out of our day as possible. At night, we would go to bed knowing that we had been productive, done our jobs to the best of our abilities, and accomplished much. The responsibilities would be distributed as follows:
Homemaker Me would would prepare at least two different breakfasts (one child wants oatmeal while another wants toast), possibly three different lunches, one dinner, and provide numerous snacks throughout the day. She would dress all the children in the morning, take all the kids to the bus stop in every kind of weather, and pick them up in the afternoon. She would plan menus and buy the groceries. She would make sure the family had not only clean clothes, but that said clothes could be found in family members’ own drawers. Dishes, floors, wood surfaces, sinks and toilets would all fall under Homemaker Me’s duties. Homemaker Me would record every transaction, keep books balanced, and would have the added responsibility of wondering how to pay every bill or expense that appears.
Work Me would balance books, answer phones and emails, advertise services and products, strengthen business by attending courses, make goals, see clients, mail packages, develop and maintain the website and online content, write articles, travel to business conferences or trade shows, and figure out what exactly SEO (search engine optimization) means.
The rest would be left up to Me. I would play with my children without the guilt of other tasks hanging over my head. I would be happy to drive them to soccer practice and games, help them with their homework, or point out the different varieties of trees during long walks in the woods. I would be able to watch movies with my husband or have long conversations like we did before the children came. I could occasionally read a book, go shopping alone, jog or go to the gym, or even work on organizing the growing number of photos into albums or scrapbooks. Holiday and birthday planning would be a breeze with no long list of tasks standing in my way.
I don’t think science will ever be able to provide clones of myself in my lifetime. In the meantime, I will just strive to improve on how I manage my time and responsibilities, so that I can accomplish all of the tasks at hand!