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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Getting Things DONE Before Christmas

Last week I mentioned that I was sick and it was cramping my style a bit.

Well, I’m still sick.  Ha!

Being sick for more than a week stinks.  But one good thing---at some point you decide that being sick isn’t going to keep you down.

So, yes, I’m getting some things done. 

For Me

Last week I mentioned that I got my binder together, and this week I actually worked out a tentative daily schedule and started following it. 

This is a big step for me…I’m a bit anti-schedule, actually.  But what I realized was that having a visual plan of what I was going to do each day actually gives me a tremendous amount of FREEDOM!

Because I don’t need to keep all the things I need to do in my brain anymore, I’ve got a fantastic cheat sheet!

And having a schedule does not mean that I have to have a plan for every 15 minutes of my life.  It just means that I know that if it is 11 am on Monday, I should be educating my children, not reading everyone’s status updates on Facebook. 

Making a schedule also forced me to be realistic about how much time it takes me to accomplish my various roles in life and to be introspective about how many different tasks I can truly tackle at the same time.

So, it might be realistic for me to do a couple of loads of laundry and oversee the kids’ learning, but it’s not really realistic to try to clean the house on top of that.

I’ve built in a lot of cushion.  So if I oversleep by a half hour, I can still get what I need to get done DONE.  And if I forget to take something out of the freezer, I still have time to defrost it in the microwave before preparing dinner. 

Another thing my schedule gave me:  permission to not get it all done.  Now that I can see how much time it takes me to do x, y, and z, it’s so obvious that there simply are not enough hours in a day to accomplish every single little thing I’d like to accomplish.

Have I stuck to the schedule 100%?  Nope.  It takes time to develop new habits, and I’m going to give this time before I start tweaking the schedule.  Obviously things will be a bit abnormal the next week or so for Christmas, anyway, so we’ll see how this goes in the new year.

For My Family

I got my Christmas shopping done.  I think. ;0)

For the first time in a while we will be sending out Christmas cards, though they will be a little late.  I designed the cards and just picked them up from Walmart.  What do you think?

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One of the advantages of the schedule is that dinner is closer to on time and my husband has not been greeted every night by a frantic wife trying to figure out what’s for dinner.

For the Blog

I’ve been blogging quite a bit lately, including posts with free printables.  One of my goals to is to make and share some of the great ideas I have, as that benefits both my kids and yours, so this is a step in the right direction.  Two of the printables I shared were things that I had already created and just needed to tweak a bit, upload, and post about them. 

So often I fizzle out after the initial impetus for a project and never see it through to end, so this is a definite win!

I did not accomplish all I originally planned in this area for this week, but you know what?  I planned too much.  Having expectations that are too difficult to achieve is another one of my weaknesses.

I will be taking a blogging break over the next few days to spend time with my family.

So, how about the computer monster?

048I have failed in this area.  I’m not overstating that.  But the schedule has helped, so one key thing is sticking to my schedule (when I deviate, that’s when I run into trouble).  Frankly, the computer is a bad habit.  But it’s hard to break because I also need it for certain things---it’s just that the will to only do those things and nothing more is so weak.  It takes a lot of work and time to truly break a habit, so I’m not defeated.  More on this at a later date.

What have you been Do-ing this week?

5 comments:

  1. Love the Christmas card! I like your scheduling idea, too. I'm anti-schedule as well, but writing things down DOES take away some of the burden of worrying about what's done and what needs to be done and all that stuff.

    Your series has helped me to work through some things I've been thinking about, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Yes, I would love to be free and spontaneous, but spontaneous for me is simply not very productive. Blame it on my ADD brain. ;0)

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  3. Stopping by from the crew to say hi and follow!

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  4. The computer is definitely my enemy too, but having clearly defined goals each week reminds me that I still have other things that need to be done!

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  5. Here's what I got done before Christmas: http://homeschool-review.blogspot.com/2012/12/getting-more-done.html

    Posted today because part of what I got done was MAILING my box of stuff to my charity!

    I'm off to read more about your scheduling ideas. I need to do some work on my schedules.

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