I'm a fan of lists.
Okay, that's not really a secret.
I'm also a fan of schedules.
I guess that's not really a secret either.
I'm also pretty obsessive about them.
I admit that the part I've struggled with most since we began homeschooling is my daily schedule.
It's always been a delicate balance for me – even when it was simply running a business from the house and keeping our home…and the kids were in school from 8 until 3:30.
Now that I'm school (and all that entails), it's even more difficult.
I remind myself daily…hourly…every other second…to remain flexible. Adhering perfectly to a schedule – it's just not going to happen any time soon.
I have been working on what I call my "ideal schedule"…what my perfect day would look like.
Here it is:
- 6:30 wake up, devotional time
- 7:00 – 8:30 exercise, shower and get dressed, oversee kid's chores, internet time
- 8:30 – noon school
- noon - school is done, clean up, eat lunch
- 12:30-1:00 kid's quiet time
- 1:00 – 3:00 work in studio or on homemaking needs, kids work on projects or play
- 3:00-4:00 writing time
- 4:00 – 4:30 tea time
- 4:30 dinner prep
It hasn't happened yet, but it at least gives me a goal.
I'm better at some parts than others – school starts at pretty much the same time. The kids quiet time…we never miss that one. Tea time? We manage to get that one in at least 3 or 4 times a week. I've also been able to get in some solid writing time this week thanks to some guidance from Tom and am feeling good about the first week of my class.
If I could get a little bit more done in the studio during the week, I wouldn't have to force such long and miserable (and often painful) weekends of work on myself. I've also felt the strong need lately to observe the Sabbath and can't do that when I leave all of my scrappy work until the weekends (more on that soon).
The issue tends to be that by the time school is done, so am I. While I'm not living with pain as consistently as I was a few months ago, my energy levels are still pretty low. There are many mornings that the coffee pot is what really gets me out of bed on time.
I'm also dealing with some behavioral issues in both kids that require physical and mental focus I don't often have to spare. If I could convince them that it is just easier to do what I say than to fight and pitch a fit over every little thing…that would go a long way to helping me stay on task and energized during the day.
Finding a new schedule is a process and one that I seem to revisit every few months. For each season in our lives, there is a new rhythm to be had. Finding it isn't always easy. Sometimes, that rhythm changes into something even newer before we can figure it out.
But I find my life works better when I try.