Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parents Suffer from Organexia: You Can Never Be Organized Enough; Do You Really Want to Know Where Your Time Goes?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parents Suffer from Organexia: You Can Never Be Organized Enough; Do You Really Want to Know Where Your Time Goes?

Article excerpt

For some questions, you don't really want the answer.

Do we really want to know how and when we will meet our demise?

Or what others really think of us?

And perhaps most unnerving: Where does all our time go?

We are a nation obsessed with time. We search for ways to maximize our productivity to earn more, to accomplish more while stressing about ways to maximize our leisure to sleep more, to relax and connect with others more. Life hacks, parenting hacks, technology hacks all promise ways to improve our efficiency.

Modern parents are a tribe of shufflers and schedulers, with our color coded calendars and lists. My God, the lists. The current lifestyle affliction is organexia; you can never be organized enough! You may not feel entirely in control of your life, but you can channel those displaced control issues into hyper-organized systems and Pinterest projects.

Christine Linder, a St. Louis-based co-founder of grantmamas.com, recently co-published "Are You Controlling Your Family's Schedule, or Is It Controlling You?" ($4.99) an e-book that includes a worksheet to take an accounting of a family's time. The section on "How is your family spending its time?" begins by asking if you often feel "stressed and scattered, like you're bouncing from one activity to the next like a human ball in a pinball machine!"

Why, yes, a few quarters have been spent in the Sultan arcade.

The manual advises estimating how many hours each member of the family spends at work or at school, commuting, running errands, cooking meals, involved in extracurriculars, you get the picture. A worksheet has line items such as "watching television" and "chores" and "sleep."

The manual suggests taking this exercise a step further, printing additional copies and asking each family member to complete a form.

"It's fun to complete them as a family so you can discuss each activity," the instructions say.

About as fun as a blindfolded sword fight in some homes, I'm sure. Our perceptions of how we spend our time may be wildly skewed from reality. Linder, whose goal is to help mothers have better organized lives and schedules so they can be more involved in their children's schools, filled out the time-spent worksheet. …

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