Monday, June 20, 2011

Getting Organized


This is a boring post.

Despite my friend Insight's lovely compliment, there are some subjects that no amount of snarky comments on my part can liven up.

Schedules are one of them.

I have a love/hate relationship with schedules. I love the sense of control and calm order that they bring. I hate the dose of cold hard reality I have to swallow when I'm first forming them.

We start school on August 8. I spent some time last week making my final curriculum choices and patching together a basic weekly schedule.

All the experts I have read on organization and home and time management have said that one should have a basic plan for the week in place. Women who have their act together recommend a day for errands, a day for laundry and housework, a day for desk work, a day for baking, etc. Women who have their act together also recommend a basic menu plan that dovetails with the basic week plan. Since my act more often resembles mayhem at the circus, I'm trying to heed the advice of others.

Here's what I got:

... Main Focus Afternoon Dinner Evening
Sunday Church & Family moderate cleaning big family dinner pack for co-op
Monday Co-op library casserole or crock pot dinner counseling or family night
Tuesday School Home Ec Class new foods and recipes Tae Kwon Do
Wednesday School grocery shopping quick and easy meal Church
Thursdary School and Laundry Deep Cleaning breakfast for dinner Tae Kwon Do
Friday School something fun family favorites more fun stuff
Saturday Free Day free leftovers or dinner w friends free

Now, here's the problems with this schedule. Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi.

  1. Home Ed Class is the day BEFORE my grocery shopping day. This is going to be a problem, cause I'll need specific ingredients for the cooking part of this class. I would prefer to switch those two days, but I'm co-ordinating with another mom, so it's not all about me.
  2. No, I can't switch library and grocery shopping. We're at co-op from 9 am till 3:30 pm. I can't try to tack a two hour grocery trip  on the end of our co-op day. It's just not happening.
  3. I've got a deep cleaning day on Thursday, which is sparring night at Tae Kwon Do. I'd rather have some easier activities on the afternoon before sparring night, so I'm not exhausted before I even get to class. But, I don't see another day to switch it to, so?
  4. I'd love to have some time to blog and write during the week. I usually don't feel like blogging or writing on Saturday. Friday afternoon is a possibility, but a slim one.
  5. I don't have a whole lot of time between the end of school and dinnertime on any day. I'm worried that the activities I do have slated for the afternoon are going to be totally unrealistic and I'm going to be frantic and getting dinner on the table late three nights of the week.
Here is my basic school day schedule. Click on it to enlarge the image. I'm finished with my teaching part by 3pm, but I need to have dinner on the table by 5pm. See the time crunch problem with the afternoon activities?

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