• Oliver Messner


Time, the one thing there just never seems to be enough of....and come to think of it, money. Always need more of that as well, also maybe some privacy, respect, rest and a few other things but time, time is definitely high on the list of things needed none the less.

We've recently immigrated and are still busy getting accustomed to our new surroundings and way of life. At the moment we also only have one car, which is actually a lot more restricting and irritating than I thought it would be. As a consequence, it has forced me to juggle a bit more than I'm accustomed to and I cannot wait until we get that much needed second car.

In the meantime it seems like one of the skills I've had to become very proficient at is time management. When you're self employed, depending on what line of work you're in, you are basically a whole team of people all rolled up into one. Being a contractor, I get to do a whole bunch of 'Super-Fun' things such as advertising, paperwork, filing, checking prices, quoting, invoicing, banking, buying stock, organizing deliveries, going to meetings and more. All of that before I do the actual work, so my days are usually pretty full as it is.

Add the kids into that equation and things start to get a bit tricky.

Helping my wife get them ready for school, pack their lunches, drop them off ( of course they can't go to the same school, heaven forfend ) and rush to wherever it is I've currently got a project going. Work as hard and fast as possible, forgoing to take a break because that would be wasting time and we can't have any of that now, no siree. Hear the alarm go off at 15:00, frantically pack away the tools, clean up site, jump in the car and rush off to get the girls.

Arrive at the kindergarten at around 15:40, run in, saying the obligatory, ' Hi, hello, how're you doing today?', to every single person on the way, grab the monster and rush back to the car. Pull up at the primary school, with a minute or two to spare before the bell tolls at 16:00. Go get the older one, repeat greeting procedure, jump back into the car and drive home. Once at home, I make the girls some food, and get them settled after their 'difficult' day.

At 17:45, after their showers, I get to once again round them up, jump in the car and go fetch my wife from work. With that done and at home once more, It's generally a quick cup of coffee, catch up with my significant other and then we get the kids to bed.

With all that out of the way it's then time to relax, spend time with my wife and get myself ready to repeat the entire process all over again tomorrow.

So I get people asking me how I deal with the stress and I answer ,' Stress, what stress?' That's one of those things that happens to other people,' and don't give it another thought as I rush off to do another of the things in my life that I'm probably late for.

I'm sure other parents have gone through similar situations and would love to hear about it in the comments.

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