I really enjoyed the 3 in 30 challenge last month, so I think I will go for it in M I have found that a monthly focus works for me. Picking one area to trust God for change in. It is usually something that affects many areas of my life and days. Last month was Laundry. (Actually, the last TWO months was laundry, as I didn’t make much progress in January!)

This month: SCHEDULE.

I have made some attempts to this in the past to schedule my days. We have a general flow to our days, and things that tend to happen at the same time every day. But thinking ahead to next year, with everyone home and big tasks to complete each day, a more specific plan for our days will be necessary.

My sister let me borrow her Mangers of Their Homes book. I’ve had it since Thanksgiving. (See why she has called me a closet-homeschooler?) I even bought these cute little post-it notes, to start putting my chicken-scratch draft into a colored-coded schedule.

You can see I didn’t get very far.

So, here are my three goals for my month’s focus on scheduling:

1. Take some time to list everything that my days are being filled with, and write out what our current schedule tends to be. Rearrange, prioritize and refine how I spend my time. Start the process of finding what works, in order to put priorities first.

2. Do more research! Take a better look at how some seasoned scheduled mommas, with kids about my age, schedule their days. I have a few in mind that I have recently glanced at.

3. By the end of March, have a full-day schedule planned for our current days that I can be following.

I am pretty intimidated by this! But, I need this now and will be a non-negotiable as I enter into homeschooling. I have been praying that the Lord would help bring motivation, especially for the chores and things that I have little desire for!

7 replies
  1. @thekelleyeight
    @thekelleyeight says:

    Our schedule will have to be moved a bit for a few because changes in curriculum are causing me to have to work one on one a bit more than I usually do. You have great goals for the month!

  2. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Congrats on the win! 🙂 Seeing your picture makes me want to haul out my book and try again…honestly I can't decide if I just didn't give it enough of a go last time (and need to train my children better to stay with the schedule) or if it just doesn't work for our family. But I LOVE the colors and nice happy rows and columns, lol!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Rhoda
    Rhoda says:

    I love the MOTH book, and scheduling is great – helps me get sooo much more done, and the kids are less naughty!

  4. Amber
    Amber says:

    Oh, scheduling! It should almost be a four letter word. =p

    Scheduling, routine, time management.. it's all so difficult for me that I've been working on it for YEARS and haven't been able to keep up with it until now, until using 3in30 to add 3 little pieces to our routine each month and take baby steps. Why is it so hard? =p

  5. Teri Johnson
    Teri Johnson says:

    I love how you know what you want and you have a specific plan on how to accomplish it. I am NOT a home school mom, so I don't know all that comes with it, but I can only imagine you must have to be VERY organized. I admire you and those who have that special gift and the patience to teach your children from home. I struggle with just helping them with their homework. grrr!!

    Good luck as you move towards clarity with your schedule. God knows exactly what it should look like and what will work best for you and your children. He will lead you as you take action. =)

    Have a GREAT Weekend.

    Keeping it Personal,
    Teri Johnson

  6. aurie
    aurie says:

    What great goals! I am just starting to think about homeschooling (my oldest is 3) and I'm completely intimdated by the scheduling aspect! I'll be interested to see what you come up with!


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