Teaching teens to schedule projects and events.
Know any homeschool highschoolers who have a tough time managing their time?
- Overbook themselves?
- Over amuse themselves?
- Forget what they are supposed to do until the night before co-op?
Many of us have watched our teens pull all-nighters before their research paper is due for their co-op class, or maybe their history project or lab report.
All-nighters tend to produce under performing teens the next day…also frayed tempers. It is called Crunchtime Craziness.
On the other hand you might know some homeschool moms who fall into the same trap of Crunchtime Craziness.
Want some tips to beat the Crunchtime Craziness?
Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for some practical, do-able tips from moms who done craziness and have found some better ways.
Check Sabrina’s post on Scheduling Backwards.
How can we get it all done? If that’s your question, you’ll love this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. You will want to grab your copy of the scheduling worksheets as you listen. Scroll down to claim them.
I have to apologize AGAIN! I did not have the code set up correctly for you to get the Nature Study printables via text message last week. You can definitely get them in the show notes here. I’ve learned how to prevent this problem in the future, but I’ve learned something even more important. I have the best listeners! I didn’t get one complaint. Not one crabby email about this. You are my people and I love you. Thank you for putting up with all my foibles. I wish I could promise there will be no mistakes going forward, but I can’t.
What did go very well last week was the Facebook Live inside look and giveaway of Our Journey Westward’s Charlotte-Mason friendly materials. We had a great time! You can join me on Tuesdays at 4E/3C/2M/1P for more homeschool sanity goodness at Facebook.com/Psychowith6. Comments and shares during the live video earn double entries, but you can still comment up to a week later for an entry in the giveaway. If you’re not a giveaway lover, there’s still nothing like seeing resources in person and being able to ask questions about them. I love Facebook Live for this purpose. If there’s a discount available, I’ll share that, too.
Teaching Tip of the Week
Last week was a time of grieving Mandy Kelly and three of her family members. This blogger behind Worshipful Living was a friend to many of us in Christian, homeschooling, and blogging circles. We will miss her terribly, but we give thanks to God for using her to minister to thousands of people. The grief that I and many friends experienced prompted me to do a Periscope video on how to manage grief and then a second Periscope on how to help others who are grieving. The second video, in particular, reminded me that we need to teach our children how to help those in mourning. If we don’t, they are likely to make mistakes that will add to others’ pain. I also recommend the book The Art of Helping by Lauren Littauer Briggs that I contributed to. This book is for your reference and is a great resource when you aren’t sure what to say or do in specific situations.
How many hours did you have left over when you did the exercise? Let’s chat about it on Facebook.
Do you have more to do than you can possibly fit in a day? Are you frequently overwhelmed? Do you frequently look for new tools to help you manage your time better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll appreciate this episode. I’ll share six common lies and ways to overcome them.
Which of these lies costs you the most? Let’s chat about it on Facebook.
Know any teens that struggle with time management? (Know any adults that struggle with time management?)
Wise use of time is one of the most important life skills a young person must master. If they don’t, managing the life balances of college, career and adulthood are going to be tough!
Too much time gaming, sleeping, on social media, goofing around and next thing your teens know…they are behind on research papers, math lessons, science experiments, chores…
Step ONE of time management is a Time Audit.
How is a Time Audit done? Join Sabrina, Kym and Vicki for fun and simple how-to’s.
Once it was so easy – Dad had his calendar at work, and Mom had hers for the kids and herself. What needed coordination except for holidays and vacations? But when we had kids in high school and heading off to classes and activities all over the place, we realized we had to get better organized or we’d lose track of everything. This episode, we talk about four very simple things we’ve done – and totally for free – that help us keep tabs on everyone’s plans and commitments, so we avoid most of the “Uh oh!” moments we used to have so often!
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I read the book, Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, this summer and it had a profound impact on me as a writer and curriculum publisher. But I found so much in the book that applies to us as homeschoolers. I want to share those lessons with you in this episode.
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Have a happy homeschool week!
Are you stressed because of how much time homeschooling takes? If you feel like you would be a happier homeschooler if you could finish schooling in less time, this is the episode for you.
Can I ask you a favor? Would you share two minutes of that time savings posting a review of this podcast on iTunes? Reviews encourage people to give a podcast a try. I’d be so appreciative if you would let people know that The Homeschool Sanity Show is worth their time. Thank you in advance.
Teaching Tip of the Week
100+ places you can find planner printables for 2016 at CornerstoneConfessions.com. Kathy Gossen not only provides us with a 140-page set of free planner pages she’s designed herself, but a new 180-page premium, color set.
Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week
This week’s challenge is the the Daily Routine Challenge.
Have a happy homeschool week!
Moms are masters of multitasking. We have to be in order to survive!
Multitasking is the final tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick review of the tools:
Does it seem strange for the tools to begin with focusing and end with multitasking? Isn’t that contradictory? No, it’s not. The challenge is that you have to figure out when to focus and when to multitask.
Multitasking has gotten a bad rap for the past few years. Some people claim that if you can multitask while you’re doing something, it’s not worth your time to do it. That might apply in the context of running a business, where it could indicate something you should outsource. But in the daily life of a mom at home, somebody has to wash the dishes and match the socks, so multitasking is essential.
Another criticism of multitasking is that it undermines your focus and makes you less efficient, not more efficient. That’s a legitimate concern, but it applies primarily to mental multitasking—especially to digital distractions like computers and smartphones.
I’m not advocating mental multitasking. Rather, I’m suggesting that you look for ways to combine physical tasks with light mental tasks. This is the right kind of multitasking, and if you use it wisely, it can help you do more with your 24 hours a day. As organizing expert Eileen Roth says, “I sincerely believe that you can only do one thing at a time well, but how well do you need to wait in line?”
For example, you can quiz your child on multiplication facts or spelling words while you’re cooking dinner, or you can dust or fold laundry while you’re talking on the phone or listening to a podcast.
Closely related to multitasking is using small blocks of time wisely. In the podcast, I share over 40 things you can do in 5 to 15 minutes.
What are your favorite ways to multitask and use small blocks of time wisely? Please share them with us in the comments!
If you struggle with managing your time and organizing your life to focus on your priorities, you’ll find many more strategies in my book,Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at online retailers and through my website at www.FlourishAtHome.com.
How do you respond to the word organization?
- Does it make you cringe? Do you feel guilty because you’re hopelessly disorganized and wish you could be more organized?
- Does it make you smile, with a happy sigh that all’s right with the world?
- Do you think a certain amount of clutter is a sign of a happy home?
- Do you resist the whole idea of organization—maybe because it reminds you of a neat-freak friend who labels everything in her household, uses color-coordinated storage containers, and alphabetizes her spices?
Whatever your reaction, this episode is for you.
Organization is the sixth tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick review of the tools:
Organization is essentially self-discipline applied in an orderly way to free you to focus on what’s most important to you. Organizing your time, tasks, thoughts, and things helps you overcome and prevent obstacles to focusing on your priorities.
How organized you are has a powerful effect on the atmosphere in your home. Disorganization creates chaos, while organization promotes peace. Which do you prefer?
If one aspect of your life is unorganized, it spills over into every other aspect of your life. For example, if you can’t find your car keys, you’ll get flustered and be late for your appointment. If you’re sleep-deprived or running late, you’ll be much likelier to forget things and drop things, which will make you even later.
Organization even affects your relationships. If you’re running late and feeling frazzled, you may become irritated and impatient with your family.
It’s important to remember that there’s no one right way to organize. What helps you function effectively may be completely different from what helps your best friend or your mother-in-law function effectively. Isn’t that a relief?
Ironically, it’s possible to over-organize—to spend so much time on organization that it keeps you from focusing on your priorities instead of facilitating them.
Take some time to reflect on your life to identify areas that hinder you, and commit to becoming more organized if it would help your life run more smoothly.
If you struggle with managing your time and organizing your life to focus on your priorities, you’ll find many more strategies in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at online retailers and through my website at www.FlourishAtHome.com.