Maternity is the Lean Management of life
When the day has to start earlier than usual, we activate a series of additional evening protocols to speed up leaving the house the following day, such as preparing the coffee maker.
The last time it happened, I thought for a second about choosing the clothes to wear in advance, but I immediately realized that it wouldn't really save time and I gave up. If, until a few years ago, I happened to arrive at the office in a hurry after spending a good half hour examining all the contents of my closet before deciding how to dress, now I have become a ninja. To what do I owe this change To motherhood.tà.
My wardrobe has changed a bit also due to the needs of a shape reshaped by pregnancy, becoming more essential, as has my way of thinking and acting: I open the wardrobe, in two seconds I make a decision and wear - at most I allow myself a little hesitation that resolves very quickly, I quickly look in the mirror and go. Ditto for the make-up: I only have what I need and use regularly, I keep some habits for special occasions but every morning in a few minutes I'm beautiful and ready to go. In the office, he summarizes.ende.
Motherhood has made me more essential, more efficient. A bit like what happens to companies that begin to apply the Lean method.
The reduction of make-up and hair options, in fact, is just one example of how we tend to progressively eliminate the waste of space, time, energy when we become parents: those who embark on the arduous adventure of raising a human being know that they will put it there. all, but whathe perfection does not exist.
There is, however, the tiring but rewarding road of continuous improvement.
The 5 s of parenting
It discards, systemates, sweeps, standardizes and supports the Italian adaptation of Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke, the 5 s of the Lean methodology which, upon careful analysis, are applied slavishly by parents all over the world in a process that will never end.ne.
Taking the example of my wardrobe, in fact, if before I could allow myself to keep that pair of jeans two sizes less than the current one in the hope one day of returning to them now - partly for lack of space and partly for pride - in the wardrobe there are almost exclusively garments that gratify my new curves what an elegant way to ask the question, huh. Coming out of my closet and taking a look at the rest of the house, the equation is fewer things less things to wash / that my daughter can break / swallow by mistake / disappear into the third dimension for eternity.l’eternità.
To reduce the risks and avoid being submerged under a tide of too small leotards, therefore,a parent Scarta Seiri.).
Often, however, when an object leaves the door, another enters the window: children grow up, change clothes, games, useful accessories. The need for the family involves that things that serve change quickly and continuously, so as well as eliminate those that are no longer neededthe parents are very good at fixing Seitonn) the environment adapting it to the growth of their children.
Today my daughter is two years old and the compartment under the fireplace has become, over time: firewood holder its original function, toy box holder and lastly Montessori bookcase with the help of a few pieces of cardboard recovered to form the infamous steps.ni).
Strenuously trying to resist entropy requires creativity, adaptability and lateral thinking, qualities useful both in life and in work that having children allows you to train on a daily basis..
The obsessive hygiene phase that many new parents with their first child go through deserves a particular mention. I find myself guilty. My friends have all been there: one confessed to me that she finally came to her senses only after seeing her son happily licking the slide in the playground..
Apart from excess, we become even more attentive to the cleanliness of the surrounding environment when children live there, and also that some stages of their growth require even more intense activity when they learn to eat alone, for example. It is certainly not new,ovità, parents clean Seiso.).
Cleaning, arranging and avoiding accumulating unnecessary things are activities that become systematic and structural in the life of a parent, that isincurred Shitsukee) as part of the value chain that sees our children as the ultimate users to whom all our efforts are directed.Parenting is certainly a commitment. With a little bit of talk, however, this comparison with the Lean methodology suggests that it offers many possibilities to grow and transform into enhanced versions of ourselves..
And if he is wrong sometimes, he can still continue to change for the better.
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