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6 Time Management Secrets Every Homeschool Mom Should Know

Time is a homeschool mom’s most precious resource, but it’s one that gets used up far too quickly. When you have subjects to teach, food to cook, household chores to complete, shopping to do, and any number of other things to get done each day, twenty-four hours never seems like enough. Unfortunately, there’s no way of extending the hours in our days, but we can learn to manage our time well and make better use of the hours we already have. With that in mind, here are some time management secrets every homeschool mom should know.

Establish A Daily Routine

Figuring out a routine that works for your entire family is far from a simple task. But, once you’ve found your rhythm, everyone will be a whole lot happier and calmer. This is because you will all know what you should be doing at any point in the day, which will cut out the need to make those on-the-fly decisions that could sprout chaos. This will result in smoother transitions between tasks and less time wasted.

Eliminate Your Biggest Distractions

When you and your children are trying to work, the last thing you need is a distraction or interruption to ruin your concentration. This will make it much harder to focus back on the task at hand, wasting precious minutes. For this reason, strongly consider what you can do to eliminate your biggest distractions. For me, it starts with limiting how much I am on my cellphone and other devices during school time. They are okay if I’m using to school, but it’s a huge distraction when not.

Also consider limiting the amount of clutter and “stuff” in the area where your kiddos are doing school. This can help keep the focus on what you are having them do in the moment. If your toddlers are anything like mine, they’ll flock to the nearest pile of toys instead of focusing on our lesson.

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Let Go And Delegate

Truth bomb ahead… Whether we like it or not, we can’t always do everything in life all on our own. Having a support system of some sort is crucial to time management sanity. Thankfully, there are ways to incorporate some help even when you are starring in a one-man show. For starters, instead of attempting all of the chores yourself, hire help. From maid services to companies like Chem-Dry carpet cleaning, bringing in outside help is a start.

Another idea is to get the family involved. Creating a cleaning schedule and assigning jobs to your children (and spouse) can do wonders. Simply put, this lightens your load and teaches responsibility. It’s a win-win!

Teach To Multiple Children

This would typically take the number one spot because I do this every. single. day! Your children may be different ages, but that doesn’t mean that you need to teach them all separately. Instead, you could save time and teach all of your children at once. Once you start, it becomes easier to adjust individual tasks and requirements based on age and ability.

This may seem impossible but it’s totally doable, especially with subjects like science, Bible, and history. If you’re juggling super-littles, I recommend lots of hands-on sensory play. Also consider in-person or online COOP options that can help with bringing a variety of learning options.

Learn To Meal Plan

Just like a routine, a meal plan can make daily life a whole lot simpler. It helps eliminates the need to make meal decisions each day and also gives you the opportunity to prepare certain foods ahead of time. Knowing what you want to eat each day of the week also means that you can buy all of the ingredients at once, saving you from daily trips to the store.

My favorite money-saving place to shop is Aldi. I save hundreds of dollars shopping there and their selection of health foods is amazing. Don’t put pressure on yourself by trying to meal plan the hard way. Grab a piece of paper, write down the days, and start jotting down meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do a pantry check, make a grocery list, and whoolah – you’re all set for the week!

Prioritize Your Self Care

Unfortunately, none of the tips above are going to be of much use unless you take proper care of yourself. If you’re skipping meals and losing sleep, then you’re not going to perform at your best. Instead, you’ll be left tired and sluggish, which could turn the most basic of tasks into stressful moments. To avoid this, try to prioritize your self-care to boost your mood and energy.

Also consider making self-care a family thing. Not only will you get moments of rejuvenation, but you’ll also be showing your kiddos how important it is for them to do it as well.

Time management is a skill many homeschool moms struggle with, but, hopefully, with the tips above, you’ll be able to make the most of your days.

CHIME IN: Share your time management secrets in the comments below!

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3 Time Management Tips for Today’s Busy Mama

Things look a bit different since joining motherhood, don’t they?

But let’s be real. When it comes to cleaning, I’ve recruited my kiddos to help in the name of teaching responsibility.  My wardrobe consists of the new-age stay-at-home + work-from-home mama attire – also known as pajama pants and a t-shirt. Working out is carrying a five month old, chasing a two-year-old, and keeping up with the demands of a sassy three-year-old… not to mention the growth spurts of a ten-year-old. Please tell me you can relate.

I realized something you probably have already caught wind of – since becoming a mom, time management has become super important. Since becoming a work from home, homeschooling mom, time management is key for thriving in all areas. I learned that working 8+ hours per day outside of the home for a period of my life and now working a few hours a day at home and also homeschooling, that time management is key.

So, how can you get it all done?

You have to do everything you don’t want to do. You have to do everything you have not been doing. Schedule. Your. Time.

You already know that I am preaching to myself here. I want to say you can just wing it everyday and get everything done. But, that’s hiding from reality. And we aren’t hiders. We are seekers of valuable, purposeful time with our families. So here are three time management tips that can get you started on a path of THRIVING – not simply surviving:

  1. Make Faith a Priority.
    If you’ve ever had the goal of scheduling “Bible time,” you know it doesn’t just happen. You find every excuse in the book to use the time for other well-meaning tasks, and the kids are less than enthused to sit and listen. You need to make this a priority {remember, this is an example} and set a daily time to learn about and practice your faith. It could be as simple as one Bible story in the morning, or over dinner. Whatever you do, make sure the family understands that we won’t be doing anything else until this is accomplished. Don’t get upset when you don’t get it in for the day. These are factual, time chunks you’re talking about and you can only fit so many pegs into the holes. Push something to tomorrow, know when to quit. You did your best, and you will do your best again tomorrow.
  2. Make Yourself a Priority
    You’ve heard and disregarded the old adage that you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself. And mama, it’s true. The second priority in your day has to be you. Whatever fills you up – exercising, reading, journaling – schedule it. Even if it’s 30 minutes a day before the kids wake up or after they go to bed. It’s okay if you want to do a number of things and can only fit one in during each time of your life. Just do one, and enjoy it fully.
  3. Set Realistic Expectations.
    Don’t make a 7-point lesson plan on the busiest days of your week. Don’t expect a three course meal when you have swim lessons until 4 p.m. Be realistic with your expectations and yourself. Planning your week out will allow you to see the busy days and to push more onto the lighter days. You can only do so much. And some days, that means that getting the house-food-work done won’t all happen. Each day, pick one thing that is your focus. This is a good place to start if you feel totally unmanaged. Maybe it’s saying “hi” to the new neighbor, calling the lady from church, or playing a game with your youngest child. Whatever it is, write it down and treat it like a real “to-do” on your list.

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And When We Don’t Get it All Done

It happens. Something tough goes down and your whole planned day is blown. You prioritize your schedule in the coming days to get it done. You are gracious with yourself and move things around. You don’t take it personal and you can’t get emotional about it. Show your children what it looks like to accept a defeat, be positive, and make the most out of it. You skip out of ruining the rest of the day and treat yourself to a long bath or your husband to a massage with no guilt. Plan your best and have joy and grace when it doesn’t work out. You will find that you have more time than you think, are okay leaving the laundry for one day, and focus more on what matters: your family {and yourself!}

 

I know how crazy it can be trying to make sense of it all, let alone find a starting point for time management. That’s why I want to give you a copy of my Get Stuff Done Planner. The printable pages can be put in any order and you can use whatever you like and ignore what may not work for you. Remember, we just gotta start somewhere.

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