My family schedule scheme is working out – for the most part. Sure, there have been those days when some of the to-dos rolled over to the next day. There have even been some to-dos that have been forgotten. Over the last two weeks, we have pretty much stayed on track, and the house has benefited from it.
Monday, the game changed. That was the day my teacher husband went back to work. I knew I could handle the house, the kids, the homeschooling, the cooking, the cleaning, and the blogging. The plan had been honed over the summer. The plan took a beating on Monday and Tuesday (which is why there has been such a lack of posts on my part).
What do you do when your best-laid plans have gone astray? You improvise.
Improvising the Family Schedule
- First comes God. I have consistently spent time in prayer and study to prepare me for the day. I don’t even think about anything else until I have this time alone.
- Family comes before self. I love working online and I thrive in my writings, but it can’t come before my family. That is one thing that I truly came to understand this summer. Over these last couple of days, I’ve chosen to stay up a little later, turn off the television a lot more, and get up a little earlier, all so I can have time to play games with the kids or just hang out and talk.
- Paid work gets priority. I do several online jobs that actually pay me. As much as I love my blogs and want to see them succeed, I haven’t discovered the magic formula to get them to pay me. Until I do, the paid gigs will have to come first.
- Tweak until something happens. My schedule wasn’t perfect, even though I thought I had it down this time. Instead of panicking, or throwing the baby out with the bathwater, I’m going to take the things that do work and change the things that haven’t worked so well. Eventually, I have to find the answer (There is an answer, right?).
The family is still working as a team and we are getting things done. It’s not perfect, it’s not complete, but our family schedule is definitely on the right track.