WE’RE (I’M) BUYING A HOUSE.
We’re buying a house. Well, to be more accurate, I’m buying a house.
I knew where I wanted to purchase. I knew how much I wanted to spend. I knew the “must haves” in any potential Casa de #SuperHeroMomHouse. However, that isn’t enough detail for me. I printed maps of the area, highlighted my “preferred zones,” overlaid school districts and their respective scores, and finished that up with additional maps of crime rates and average home prices. Finally, I created a report card for each house so I could create a quantifiable score of each home. I had the research. I had a process. I had a plan. I was ready to go.
Then I started to look at houses. The report card was busted after the first property. It scored a 9 out of 10. It was a perfect candidate for my first home…but it wasn’t my forever home. There was no quantifiable, scientific, rationale. I could just tell it wasn’t it. So could my kids. By the third house, my whole procedure was out the door. There was simply no standardized procedure for buying a house.
I will cut to the chase here. Ok, I have a contract on a house. It is outside of my preferred zone, above the initial budget, and at best scores a 7 on my report card. It is, however, perfect. There is no way for me to explain why. There is no rational reason for it to be perfect. It has things that were never on my initial must have list and is missing things that were “required.” With all of that, I knew it would be my home when I stepped into the backyard.
The home buying process reminded me that sometimes the best-made plans are cast asunder simply by the nature of things. Regardless of the plan, the established process, or the procedural strategy, we all need to react to what actually happens—to the real environment. I was not planning to buy a home that weekend. In fact, I was suppose to be moving to Florida. That is not what ended up occurring. I reacted. I adapted. I bought a house.
You may not be buying a house but the lesson is the same. When plans go awry, the most important thing to do is recognize what is happening, analyze your realistic options, and refocus your energy on the reality of the situation at hand.
There is still a lot of work to do in the home buying process. I will inevitably develop checklists and procedures for each step, and this will inevitably drive my kiddo’s crazy and keep me sane. It is a delicate balancing act but it’s all part of life through the eyes of an operations professional.