Someone asked me recently in a comment how I was able to manage my time between blogging and family. I have to admit... it is a struggle to get EVERYTHING done. Rarely do I have a day where I feel like I have accomplished it all. Those are rare gems in the gritty dirt of normal daily existence. Often, I feel as if I'm spread "2 miles wide and half an inch deep". Due to the fact that my husband works odd hours and days, there are many days that we fall apart just because of our schedule shifting; something that is entirely out of our control. More often than not I am driven to my knees praying for smoother days, more energy to keep on top of my demands, and the impossible and God-given ability to multi-task between the millions of things on my to-do list. I am NOT a perfect mom. I'm NOT a perfect homeschooler. I am certainly NOT a perfect wife... and I am FAR from a perfect Christian.
I have written about these things in the past... many times. I have also shared many links that include articles written by others. I tend to collect these types of articles to encourage MYSELF. Don't feel like you are the only one out there who needs to hear a pep-talk now and then. Some of us have daily or weekly issues with time-management (I am no exception to the rule). Struggling with time, energy, scheduling, priorities, and stress are common complaints of most homeschool moms. In case you are a first time visitor here or even a long-time lurker who hasn't had time to browse some of my archives, I thought I would post a few of my 'TIME' posts again (via links) for you to check out (see below).
THE NEXT THREE WEEKS...
Speaking of time... I wanted to let you know up front that the next few weeks are going to be HAIRY for me as far as blogging goes. This week we are doing Spring Cleaning around the apartment and getting a solid four days of school done. Next week I have houseguests coming from Texas and I am certain that there will be days next week when I am NO-WHERE near a computer - and quite possibly even running water or electricity. Lastly, the week after my friends leave to go back home, we have standardized testing for three days and a regular routine to try and salvage after the previous week's blissful chaos. To say the least, March is going to be a hoppin' month for us. Finding time to blog will be difficult, but I will make sure and put forth my best efforts to keep you informed of what is going on in the Bee Hive.
So there you have it... and what a timely comment that started this discussion, might I add!
MOTIVATION FOR MANAGING
Sometimes it is just NOT possible to keep on top of things. When difficulties arise in day-to-day schedules (i.e.: mommy has a meltdown, Math lessons go awry, someone gets sick, the cell phone is found in the washing machine...) I try to: STOP... PRAY... PRIORITIZE... and PRESS ON. Pressing on is a vague term... but that step could mean a multitude of things including continuing with our regular schedule or moving on to plan B, C, D or Z. Believe me, there are days when I feel as if I've gone through the alphabet in terms of plans! Try and remind yourself: 'with God, all things are possible' (even homeschooling and homemaking simultaneously).
First of all, please don't try to read all these posts in one day. Bookmark this post and come back later for encouragement. I pray you will find the strength you need to keep on keeping on (and me, too)! In the mean time, as you stop to reward yourself for recognizing the problem... have a cup of tea or coffee and read through a couple of these inspirational posts:
- Holiday Encouragement For Homeschool Moms
- Prayer Journaling
- Homeschool: Did You Make The Right Choice?
- Meme for Homeschool Moms
- Five Habits of Highly Effective Homeschoolers
- A-Z of Why I Homeschool
- Back to School Interview with Sprittibee: Schedules, etc.
- How Do You Use Your Time?
- Reduce Stress This School Year!
- 4-Alarm Fire Burn-Out
- Being a Good Steward of Time
- When Life Gets in the Way
- Simplifying the Load
- Under Attack
- God's Smoke Alarms
- Resolutions for a Homeschool Mom
- ORDER and "The Organized Homeschooler"
- Popcorn Cats on the Rabbit Trail
- Ode to Homeschool Mothers...
- Revised Parents' Prayer
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