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Planning the Day

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 11, 2010 @ 1:32 am In Homeschooling,Time Management | 34 Comments

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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.

What do you do to make your day run smoothly?

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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