Lisa Brock and Kelly Edwards were guests on show #156 – Back to School with Homeschool Moms. We asked them what three things they do to prepare for the school year.
Here was their answer:
Clean out the homeschool room. Get rid of last year’s papers, old supplies, dried out markers, etc. Clean it and get it ready for a new year!
Create a schedule. Start by creating an ideal daily and weekly schedule. Use blocks of time. Be sure to add cushion in between activities. We’ve interviewed Amy Lynn Andrews and Julie Morgenstern on the topic of time management. Both shared some valuable tips on creating a schedule.
But remember, there is no perfect schedule. You will not follow it perfectly. Remember Kelly’s one thing…flexability and forgiveness [yes, she squished two things into “one” thing]! If you get off track, which will happen, go back to your schedule and start over.
What is working? What is NOT working? Made adjustments as needed. Each child is different. What worked for the previous child may not work for this one. What worked last year may not work this year. It is okay. Make adjustments and keep going.
Remember Lisa’s one thing, “Don’t be afraid to waste money.” If it isn’t working try changing to a new curriculum, using a different approach, adjusting your schedule, etc.
As they shared their three steps I realized these steps are quite useful for many areas of our lives – our exercise routine, a health plan, marriage maintenance, managing projects, or our lives in general!
What is going on in your life?
Do you have a home business?
Declutter your office, create a schedule with office hours (listen to Lisa Woodruff), evaluate what is working (marketing efforts, client acquisition, time management, etc) and make adjustments.
Will you be home with just a toddler?
Declutter your toy room, create a play schedule, evaluate what is working with your two schedules, feeding, potty training, etc, and make adjustments. Be sure to make time for yourself each day.
Does your marriage need some tender loving care?
Declutter your schedules, create a consistent plan for spending time together, evaluate what is working and make adjustments. Focus on little things you can do each day for one another. Listen to our interview with the “sex lady” Sheila Wray Gregoire!
Do you need to focus on your health?
Declutter your pantry and kitchen and create a menu and workout schedule. This must be on paper according to Peter Walsh. Then, evaluate what is working and make adjustments as needed. Get some inspiration from Peter Walsh’s interview and Peak 313’s Clare Smith.
Are you living in chaos and clutter?
Declutter by using our EndCLTR steps. Create a organizing schedule. Does 15 minutes a day work best or 3 hours on the weekend? Evaluate what is working. Your home doesn’t need to look like someone elses to be organized. Is throwing your shoes in a bin right inside the door working? Then keep it up. What isn’t working? If no one is putting things back where they belong add some labels so it is clear where they belong. Make adjustments as needed.
What is it in your life that needs some attention? Leave us a comment below.
Declutter. Create. Evaluate!