Kathy Peel, founder and CEO of Family Manager Coaching, admits she used to be pretty domestically challenged. “I had a business background, so for my own sanity I started studying and researching organization and business strategies to better manage my family. It really did reduce stress at home,” she says.

Peel, determined to share her message with women facing similar struggles, has since been a repeat guest on countless television and radio programs, from “Oprah” to “Today,” and written 21 books on the subject. “I thought we could really help some other moms with this. They are smart women, they have been out in the business world, and they come home and they fall apart. They weren’t taking the things they already knew about managing work and applying it to their home.”

The power of compartmentalizing

“As the family manager, you’re juggling a lot of different balls all the time so I know I don’t always have time to eat a balanced diet. Taking a supplement gives me peace of mind knowing I’m bridging the nutritional gap to protect my vision.”

Peel’s strategy is simple, run things by department. She created seven distinct departments: home and property; food and meals; family and friends; finances; special events; time and scheduling; and self-management—a category that is frequently overlooked. Often people forget to take care of themselves and don’t get the essential nutrients they need to stay healthy. For example, Peel takes a daily eye vitamin to make sure she’s doing everything she can to keep her eyes healthy and functioning at their best.

“As the family manager, you’re juggling a lot of different balls all the time so I know I don’t always have time to eat a balanced diet. Taking a supplement gives me peace of mind knowing I’m bridging the nutritional gap to protect my vision.”

Peel also suggests that busy moms remember to delegate. “Everyone who lives under the roof of a home needs to share in the responsibility. When you look at that list, think about who else can do this stuff. No one is good at every department, so maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.”

Delegating effectively will allow you the time necessary to care for yourself. Remember, you and your family need you in tip top shape, so don’t overlook the basics like nutrition and vision.