You’re never too late to learn life lessons, no matter how old you are (though admittedly, I’m not all that old!). I learned this over the last couple months as I’ve been prepping with the leadership team at our homeschooling co-op for the Open House we had yesterday.
Before I go to what lessons I learned, I want to mention what Care Bear said to me in her observation of me working on the Open House preparations She said to me, “You know, I think you’re like me in that you take on more than you can handle. The difference is you know when to ask for help and I just try to do it all myself.”
For one, I’m proud of her for knowing that she takes on too much, and secondly, that she should be asking for help more often. It takes maturity for someone to reflect on these things. In sha Allah she acts upon what she’s learned about herself.
On to what I’ve learned. Not all of these were learned the hard way, but rather a reminder of good practices. Quite honestly, some were learned the hard way, though.
- Making mistakes is human and people are awfully forgiving, but that’s not an excuse to be sloppy.
- Schedule in a full week to check and recheck over my work. I am not a detail person – I thrive on figuring out the big picture. This means I can have an excessive number of mistakes in my original work and I have to make time to fix it.
- Copy and paste can save time, but lead to mistakes from not going over the work line by line.
- Ask for help before you need it.
- Don’t multitask items that need detailed attention.
- Don’t let volunteer work take over. Family has rights upon each other.
- An event where everyone pitches in helps create community. Get everyone involved.
Alhamdulilah, the Open House was all-in-all a successful event! It definitely was a team effort and it was a pleasure working with those around me to pull it all off.