The following is a post from contributing writer, Michelle Cannon of The Holistic Homeschooler.
Homeschooling our children can be one of the most joyful and rewarding things we’ll ever do. As with anything else, it helps to have a good balance going on in order to maintain other aspects of our lives. For some this is simple, and for others it isn’t. Even for those of us who find it easy to commit to routine, things can go astray. Laundry can buildup. Dishes pile on the counter. Any number of tasks can go unattended. It happens to the best of us. So what do you do?
Here are some tips for finding that much needed balance in your homeschool life.
Four Homeschool Time Management Tips
Having a mental (or physical) list of priorities helps. Each evening, make a list of things that need to be completed the next day.
Once you’ve created your nightly list, prioritize it. What needs to be done first? Second? Is there something that can be left for another day or must it be done that day? Don’t overbook yourself. Save things for another day when possible.
Chunk Your Time
Rather than multi-tasking, try time-chunking. Multi-tasking takes longer than doing tasks individually. If you focus on one task at a time, you’ll finish all tasks in less time.
Set aside time for homeschool, time for lesson planning, time for checking email, time for blogging, etc. During that time frame, don’t do anything else. Just finished the task at hand.
Guard Your Time
It’s very easy to justify our homeschool improvement efforts, isn’t it? Although there is nothing wrong with browsing Pinterest and blogs for homeschool ideas and resources (I encourage you to do so!), we need to include that in our time-chunking schedule so that we don’t spend too much time there each day. Time that could be spent with our children, on our chores and even our personal hobbies can easily be eaten up by the internet. We can all get drawn into that time suck. I know I can.
What time management tips do you have for homeschoolers? I’d love to read them in the comments.
photo credit: Pixelbliss
Michelle is a single mom homeschooling the last two of her five children. Read more from her at The Holistic Homeschooler where she blogs about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.