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Planning the Day
Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 11, 2010 @ 1:32 am In Homeschooling,Time Management | 34 Comments
One of the things that has really thrown me for a loop over the last few years is the necessity to implement a daily schedule. You know, an hour by hour schedule. A timetable. A “do-this-at-8-and-do-that-an-hour-later” kind of thing.
I do not like “schedules.” I never put my babies “on a schedule.” Schedules make me nervous. I don’t want to feel like I’m behind.
But in order to be able to do all most some of what I need to do in a day, I’m finding that I need to get on friendly terms with “schedules.” A few weeks into this school year, it became woefully apparent, that I needed to plan the days better. I cried to FishPapa over my Vanilla Coke during an impromptu, after school trip to Sonic.
How will I ever do all this?
He suggested that I map out a routine for us to follow during the day, hour by hour. I have mini “schedules” for each one of the kids and myself. I have done this in the past, and it’s been successful. But the trick is learning how to stick with it. And not to give up when I fail.
So far this year, there have been a handful of days when we’ve actually followed the schedule. But, I’m hopeful that with a little determination, we can make it work. It’s my hope that we will work hard and play hard.
PS. I’m differentiating between schedule and routine/plan. I have tons of plans and routines that I put into effect on a daily and weekly basis. A schedule has a specific timeframe attached to it. Like 8 am, eat breakfast. Sorry for the ambiguity!
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