It's all the rage. The government is always on about future proofing. So are major corporations. Future proofing is planning strategically for the future. Getting organised. Contingency plans. Succession planning. Making sure you don't get caught out. Not living in a reactive way. Change management.
Well, I think I know a thing or two about all of that.
Here's what future-proofing looks like in my o-so-glamourous life!
1. Cooking dinner in the morning so that when (like this afternoon) the three year old throws a tantrum that lasts for about an hour, there is actually something for us to eat.
2. Bringing the washing in as soon as it is dry, rather than thinking "O, I'm too tired. I'll just get it in the morning", hearing it raining at 2.33 am and then watching it go mouldy as it continues to rain for the next fortnight.
3. Checking to see who has wet their bed overnight at 7.30 AM rather than discovering the 'gift' at 7.30 PM when they are about to climb back into the bed - yuck, yuck, yuck.
4. Asking 15 times between 7.55am and 8.45am whether or not the precious (usually tiny, usually obscure) item for news has actually entered the school bag so that mother does not have to deal with a melt-down at the classroom door at 8.59am when said item has not made it to school.
6. Going to a friend's house for lunch on a weekday that is more than 20 minutes away from the school and strategically anticipating that within two minutes of arrival, one of the offspring will vomit at lunch/have mild stomach-ache/fall-over and school will phone requesting my return.
7. Succession planning - this is really a complex series of negotiations between myself and the 15 other people it will take to replace me if I am unavailable for one afternoon.
My succession plan (as outlined to my husband) goes like this. "So I won't be around on Wednesday for two hours, so you have to take J (and her friends) to soccer, then take N to netball, I can get Mrs X to pick up B for music lessons, get A to walk home himself, ask Grandma if she can stay around a little longer to look after A2. But then can you organise Mr Z to bring N home from netball .... and maybe Mrs Y could bring J home from soccer and then dinner is in the fridge and B will need help with the project on 'Exotic insects of the Amazon', plus A and J have to practice their music, homework, speeches and well, anyway - all the best ..."
8. Realising before 8.10am, that all the girls' uniform shorts have just been put into the wash and are now wet. It takes half an hour for the dryer to dry their uniform shorts - can personally testify to this.
9. Checking the bathroom before the important guests arrive. aka - "disgusting toothpaste-covered sink/stinky toilet/personal embarrassment - proofing".
10. And finally - making sure they all get into bed on time. This is called "mother's sanity proofing".
Got any of your own?!!