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How to Make Schedule Adjustments

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Whether it is in homeschooling or in general life, we all know that new schedules need some tweaking. We start a new school year and hold loosely to the plan, determined to make schedule adjustments and find the rhythm that fit us best. This is to be expected, and it does not mean the schedule doesn’t work. It simply means it needs to be polished, perfected, and conformed to fit the needs of our families.

But, even the most smoothly running plan hits a snag now and then and requires change. The question we have to ask ourselves is do we need to start from scratch, or do we just need to make adjustments?

When Your Schedule Isn’t Working Any More!

Before you choose to dive in and completely reprocess through the steps of establishing a Well Planned Day, consider these evaluation points.

Make Effective Schedule Adjustments by Starting Small

Crossword puzzles come to mind when I think of schedule adjustments. Missing just one word can throw off a whole series of answers. Even a single letter can have a ripple effect!

The same is true of our schedules. Sometimes it is the littlest thing in our routine that throws a kink in the whole system. Before you throw out the whole system, take the time to look for a little piece of the day that just doesn’t fit. Has something changed since you put the schedule in place? That’s a good place to start.

Make Schedule Adjustments by Switching It Up

Because rhythm is even more important than schedule, sometimes the problem is not what you’re doing but when. There might be an issue with flowing from this activity to that or trying to accomplish a particular task in the morning when your brain is more suited to it in the afternoon.

Instead of assuming that the whole schedule is not working, take a moment to pinpoint your biggest point of struggle in the day. See if you can switch that task with something else, moving it to a time more conducive to smooth flow.

Make Schedule Adjustments by Smoothing Out the Day

While you’re contemplating smoothness, take a moment to consider the rest of your schedule as well.  Does your overall day flow smoothly and naturally, or do you find yourself jumping from one thing to the next in a disjointed fashion?

Often when we create a schedule, we are more concerned with how the time puzzle flows together than with how the tasks themselves flow. So, we find ourselves needing to make huge mental shifts which consume more time, energy, and adjustment than we should have to give.

If you or your children are doing a lot of mental, physical, and even emotional jumping throughout the day, revisit your activities and see which ones work better together. As you contemplate schedule adjustments, try to find ways to flow naturally from one task to the next. If at all possible, limit major jumps to times when you have natural, physically engaging breaks, such as a mealtime or PE.

When Making Schedule Adjustments, Schedule Time to Stop & Stretch

Speaking of breaks, do you schedule them into the flow of your day? I know it feels like you have to keep moving or you will never get it all done, but the opposite is actually true. We are much more productive if we schedule focused time blocks, followed by mandatory breaks.

As you make schedule adjustments, consider building in 25 minute blocks followed by five minute breaks.

Here’s how that works: Set a timer for 25 minutes. Focus on one task at a time for the entire 25 minutes. If you finish a task, you may move into a new task that flows smoothly with the first one. At the end of the 25 minute block, spend no more than a minute finding a stopping point in what you are doing, then take a five minute break.

During the break time, completely disconnect from work and make sure you physically move. Walk up and down a flight of stairs. Go have a tickle moment with your toddler. Toss a ball for the dog. Check the mail. Set out ingredients for dinner preparation. Just do something.

When the five minutes are up, go back to work for another 25-minute block. After three or four of these blocks, take a 15-minute break. Then restart the cycle.

Sometimes making schedule adjustments that include these breaks is all a schedule needs to start working well again.

A Few More Thoughts About Schedule Adjustments

There are times when a schedule really does need a full overhaul rather than just minor adjustments. In those cases, the best option is to grab that pen and paper and go through the steps necessary to truly re-evaluate your family’s needs and commitments.

Other times, though, an intentional small schedule adjustment is all that is necessary and, in fact, may be more effective than an overhaul.

Whenever your schedule shows signs of not quite working, start small. Check the calendar to see if it’s a temporary “interruption” phase or a true adjustment need. Then, try small adjustments before tackling a major overhaul.

Also, don’t forget to talk it out with your family. You are in this together; choose to solve it together. In doing so, you may discover that have fresh insight. Meanwhile, the process will help you teach your children how to problem solve their own needs.

The specifics of readjusting a schedule will differ depending on your personality type. Take our Planner Personality Quiz to discover your planner personality type and find resources to help you make your schedule work for you!

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

  • Susanna

    Thank you for making this planner and assesories available to us!

    January 3, 2023 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Windy Hageman

      Thanks for sharing.

      February 7, 2023 at 10:25 pm Reply
      • Lillian

        Thanks for sharing!!

        February 14, 2023 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Jennifer Anderson

    We have had to adjust schedules and routines many times to fit my husband’s work schedule. One of the biggest blessings of homeschooling is being able to make it work for your whole family. Being flexible and adjustable is always something I have to remind myself is a perk and doable with homeschooling.

    January 4, 2023 at 7:06 am Reply
    • Sarah Craig

      So true! Sometimes we don’t need a permanent schedule change but simply adjust for a week or two around other life events. The freedom homeschool gives too do this is such a blessing.

      January 23, 2023 at 5:58 am Reply
    • Sabrina Strickland

      I am hoping to do this for my granddaughter. Her parents want me to and think it will work good. So far good as this is only our 2nd day. Doing it before school is required so we can get things together. This seems cool definitely gonna use some of this.

      February 7, 2023 at 7:10 am Reply
    • Kelsi Ard

      One of the biggest scheduling changes we’ve had to make this year are the ones when a child is sick. The schedule changes for the day and then we try to go back to our flow the next day.

      February 22, 2023 at 6:44 pm Reply
  • Alyssa Sherwood

    Thanks for sharing

    January 4, 2023 at 7:16 am Reply
  • christianjoy Sanchez

    Need help in this area. Thank you for the tips!

    January 4, 2023 at 8:24 am Reply
    • MacKayla H

      I want to start but don’t know how or where so this had helpful tips!

      February 13, 2023 at 8:45 pm Reply
  • Jacquelyn Bishop

    Loved this article!

    January 4, 2023 at 9:47 am Reply
  • ANGELA Spicher

    We do the 4 day schedule and love it. Anout 1 1/2 class for each subject.

    January 4, 2023 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Lacey Doherty

    Wow

    January 4, 2023 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Sheena Vanderhook

    Great advice

    January 4, 2023 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Amber C

    I have tried a few.planners in the past but seem to get stuck when trying to adhere to the schedule I create. Also, I often fail to take needed breaks. This year I pray is different and that everything flows more smoothly and my daughter and I give each other grace as we go forth into this year

    January 4, 2023 at 10:48 pm Reply
    • Jasamen Goehring

      The fact you’re even thinking about giving grace is such a win. Praying with you ❤️

      January 12, 2023 at 8:12 pm Reply
    • RS

      I naturally take a 5-10 min break after working or completing house tasks…never thought to actually creat a rhythm with these time chunks…they always felt wasteful, but I see there’s value even in the rest. Great post, ty!

      February 1, 2023 at 7:27 am Reply
  • M. L.

    Thanks for sharing!

    January 5, 2023 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • MaryBeth Pickering

    Thanks for sharing. Always looking for useful tips.

    January 5, 2023 at 9:49 pm Reply
    • Mary Nicole Allen

      Me to

      February 12, 2023 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Sarah Buchner

    Homeschool has been a lifesaver as far as scheduling in my home.

    January 6, 2023 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Samantha Adams

    I sometimes feel like I can get the schedule right. I often feel like we didn’t do something right by the end of the day. I’m thankful for the small victories though. I know one day we will get it right. Thank you for such amazing advice!

    January 6, 2023 at 11:39 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Henson

    This is my 9th year homeschooling but only my 3rd year homeschooling two. Scheduling is more difficult with multiple children. This blog was helpful.

    January 7, 2023 at 1:19 am Reply
  • Shannon Smith

    Thank you for sharing this

    January 7, 2023 at 7:23 pm Reply
    • Michelle Ellis

      Thank you for all your help reading your article is going tonhelp tremendously.

      January 19, 2023 at 1:52 am Reply
  • Kara Martin

    Great advice! I find that it’s easier to do the challenging subjects first, and reserve afternoons for enrichment and quiet time.

    January 8, 2023 at 2:51 pm Reply
  • Amanda Davisson

    I would love to learn how others manage the varied schedules of having many children in a wide variety of grades

    January 8, 2023 at 3:38 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Hi, Amanda! Just to help on the suggestions, how many children/grades are you scheduling for? Different tips tend to work for different families.

      I only had three, but I could only teach the older two together for the first few years. Then, because of the age gaps, I had to end up splitting into three completely separate teaching schedules. That meant that training them to do independent work was a must. I would rotate through teaching each child, and while I was teaching that child the other two were working independently. There were some things — like history and science — that I could combine for those who were in elementary school. We had science books that had one lesson for all ages (K-6), but different assignments for each age. And history, especially in elementary and middle school, was a lot of read-alouds that all of my kids enjoyed. That meant I could spend more individual time on math and language arts. Not sure if any of that helps, but that’s a quick summary of how we did it!

      January 16, 2023 at 4:40 pm Reply
      • Rebecca Oplinger

        I’m discovering that this type of one-on-one schooling is working better with my 3 kids as well.

        January 23, 2023 at 1:17 am Reply
  • Chelsea Doney

    In our home we find sticking to a schedule works best. My kids know what to expect and it makes things easier!

    January 8, 2023 at 6:31 pm Reply
    • Amanda torres

      Do you set timers to say it is time to switch? Is there a grace in the schedule for the unforseen happening? What does that look like?

      February 19, 2023 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Emma Marsh

    Recently became a single mom so I’ve had to go back to work so we are currently trying to come up with a good schedule that works for our schooling.

    January 8, 2023 at 10:32 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Praying for your journey. Working and homeschooling isn’t easy, but it’s also definitely doable! Praying you are able to find ways for all of the details to work together well.

      January 16, 2023 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Cindy Cornwell

    Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I’m going to implement them in my life right away!

    January 9, 2023 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Erin Miller

    Good ideas. I need to work on this better.

    January 9, 2023 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Jenny Ponder

    Thank you for the tips. I struggle with keeping things on track

    January 9, 2023 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Lindsay Lopez

    Can’t wait to try the planner!

    January 9, 2023 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Laura Moore

    Love the Well Planned Day planner! So thankful for your resources!

    January 9, 2023 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Jessica Etheridge

    I know I’m not the only Momma out there that has those days of feeling like they’re failing at homeschool. This planner would absolutely turn things around for me and many others to keep organized and stay encouraged for our children!

    January 10, 2023 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      You’re definitely not alone! I’ve sometimes felt it even with everything lined out in the planner, but the planner has always helped me be able to come back and see all we’ve accomplished and just how far we’ve come. That’s always been a huge encouragement to help me keep going!

      January 16, 2023 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    This is awesome!

    January 10, 2023 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Rachel Jankowski

    I love these planners and have found great tools and resources through well-planned gal! They were a life saver my first year of homeschooling!

    January 10, 2023 at 7:09 pm Reply
  • Katie Bubar

    Can’t wait to start

    January 10, 2023 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Sarah Smedley

    This stuff looks incredible!!! I hope I win the bundle!!!

    January 11, 2023 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Jana Roberts

    I really need to try this planner now that my younger ones are having school work/activities too. This looks great!

    January 11, 2023 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • Nicole brown Brown

    Looking forward to trying to utilize a planner system this year!

    January 11, 2023 at 9:17 pm Reply
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    LOVE this website! The blogs and the planners are super helpful

    January 11, 2023 at 10:13 pm Reply
  • Pauline Brechlin

    This sounds amazing

    January 11, 2023 at 10:58 pm Reply
  • Jennyfer D

    I have had to adjust my schedules and routines many times to fit my work schedule around what needs to be done in the kids school setting. One of the biggest blessings of homeschooling is being able to make it work for your whole family. Being able to be Flexible and adjustable is always something I tell myself is a perk with homeschooling momma

    January 12, 2023 at 11:30 am Reply
  • Jasamen Goehring

    I’m going to try homeschooling for a second time, with a 2 year gap. With my own growth in mental health I’m thriving and have come to a place where I can write goals down and visualize finishing them. I’m looking forward to all the planning involved and goals to set for my kids. I am totally impressed and proud of all you families doing such a work homeschooling your children.❤️

    January 12, 2023 at 8:16 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Jasamen, oh how I understand the struggle of needing to grow in mental health — whether from a place of poor health/mental illness or even just getting to know ourselves better — and how that impacts homeschooling. Praying for you as you dive into this second go-around. But know that choosing what works for your own health and the health of your children is always the best choice! If you’re growing in health, you’re succeeding.

      January 16, 2023 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Michelle Cottrell

    scheduling home schooling can be difficult for autistic children I have found ways to make it fun at the same time stick to a certain schedule because expectations have to be met causes chaos

    January 12, 2023 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Cristina Felix

    That seems like great advice! Do you have anymore tips for how to keep going? I usually I’m great at starting planners but then start forgetting to update. I always end with a planner with just a few pages used

    January 13, 2023 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Laura Mercon

    I think the advice of making small changes is so wise. So many people think that dumping it all and starting fresh with something completely different is the way to go, but that seldom works well.

    January 14, 2023 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Leslie Aguirre

    This was extremely helpful and informative thank you for making this.

    January 14, 2023 at 11:18 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Lore

    Love this planner!!

    January 15, 2023 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Kristen Hare

    I’m interested in this method of homeschooling and hoping to win a free subscription for my children!

    January 15, 2023 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Maria Delavan

    Love all of this! Thanks for this amazing organizational tool!

    January 16, 2023 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Maria Ayala

    Great advice! Thanks 🙂

    January 17, 2023 at 12:12 am Reply
  • Annie Petersen

    This was so helpful!
    Switching up the subjects/activities if it doesn’t flow so that it does is perfect!
    Sometimes we get stuck in the mu dane that even switching when we do certain subjects helps a LOT!!!

    So glad I found this blog and company as I start my homeschooling journey with my little boys!

    Thank you!

    January 17, 2023 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Yollanda Morales

    First and foremost thank you for the information second I would love to say that I love my planner it’s been amazing and I can’t wait until I get a new one for next year

    January 17, 2023 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      We love to hear this! So glad it’s fit your needs!

      February 13, 2023 at 11:55 am Reply
  • Rachel Keefe

    Awesome advice!!

    January 17, 2023 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Gina Johnson

    Flexibility is needed at homeschool.

    January 17, 2023 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Amber Smith

    My schedule has to change for appointments ect. I just let school end amen we finish h the curriculum.

    January 17, 2023 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Lyndi Krause

    Thanks for sharing. As a newbie to homeschooling we have adjusted so many times over the year. This is helpful and insightful.

    January 17, 2023 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Becky Richardson

    I always have a hard time keeping the schedule consistent for homeschooling. But I will be checking out your blog posts to help me with this.

    January 18, 2023 at 7:19 am Reply
  • Rose Flores

    Great article! I loved the tip to take a stretch break. Wonderful tip: “During the break time, completely disconnect from work and make sure you physically move.” Movement is so important in resetting and helping the mind refocus on assignments.

    January 18, 2023 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Vonia

    I have been looking for a way to plan effectively and was so happy to find this binder. This is my first opportunity to see this planning option.

    January 19, 2023 at 1:46 pm Reply
  • Maddy Walker

    Great advice and perspective!

    January 19, 2023 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • Cindy H

    Needed this advice

    January 19, 2023 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Lori Woody

    I am super excited to explore and shop! We are new to homeschooling and definitely feel like there are options to help keep us organized. It’s the aesthetics of the product are fabulous!

    January 20, 2023 at 6:38 am Reply
  • Erika Soto Ramirez

    I am a sahm for 6 years. I only work the weekends to be home with my kids. My son started kindergarten this school year and he is at home doing it. Financially I didn’t think I could do it but we are doing our best. This would be a great gift to help me and my son. Thank you

    January 21, 2023 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Phylicia Vallier

    Schedule adjustments are so needed sometimes. Thank you!

    January 21, 2023 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Angel Harrington

    I love reading your blog. Thank you for this information

    January 21, 2023 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Brigette Dugas

    Great thoughts!

    January 21, 2023 at 10:58 pm Reply
  • Clare B

    Thank you for your post. Most helpful as I prepare time homeschool for the first time in the fall.

    January 22, 2023 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • Brandie Nneka Williams

    Thank you for the tips— as moms it’s easy to just not even realize when the schedule really isn’t working. I love the timer idea ♥️ thank you

    January 22, 2023 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • Megan Simpson

    We recently did an entire overhaul of our schedule and I love the tip about setting a 25 minute timer! We use a one hour visual timer that uses colors to help the kids visualize how much time goes by.

    January 23, 2023 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • Rochelle

    Love it!

    January 23, 2023 at 11:44 pm Reply
  • Chelsea Brindley

    Wonderful advice

    January 24, 2023 at 11:39 am Reply
  • Jessica L

    I want to learn to effectively use a planner for our homeschool.

    January 24, 2023 at 3:18 pm Reply
  • Savannah Lawrence

    I find I have the hardest time switching it up and smoothing out schedule adjustments. I get really anxious and overwhelmed when trying to change a routine, even if for the better, so I’m going to try and utilize these tips to make everything more manageable.

    January 24, 2023 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • Lauren Orozco

    This is all amazing

    January 25, 2023 at 11:23 am Reply
  • Brittni

    Amazing advice! Love this so much!

    January 25, 2023 at 7:43 pm Reply
  • Danielle Freese

    Good information for a mom just starting out.

    January 25, 2023 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • Cynthia Rieber

    We go with the flow and adjust our schedule accordingly. Love the planner and it would be a great addition to our homeschool adventures.

    January 26, 2023 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Clack

    Love this!

    January 26, 2023 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Jamie D. Smith

    This is our first year homeschooling. The Lord showed me I needed to quit teaching in the public education field and homeschool my own kids. After being a public educator for 8 years, I had a set schedule ready to go for us. Ha that lasted maybe a month. It wasn’t working for us here at home. Fast forward almost six months and our schedule is completely different but I feel like we are thriving now!

    January 26, 2023 at 10:29 pm Reply
  • Felisa Barber

    Thank you for sharing this great advice.

    January 27, 2023 at 10:32 am Reply
  • Jasmine Ward

    Thank you so much for sharing! With 4 kids of my own and choosing to be vaccine free. Do to vaccine injuries and we are always getting shamed. Especially in the public school systems. I don’t take my kids to the doctor unless need be. We don’t do well check ups. I used to with my oldest and after I stopped breastfeeding, she got sick ALL the time. And she would be healthy for a well check up, and bam sicker then a dog after. And my husband even noticed. I’m so thankful to have him on my side and our kids in making these choices! My journey through it all lead me to wanting to Homeschool as well as fellow Christian homeschoolers.

    January 27, 2023 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Tiffany Skinner

    Finding a schedule that works and actually sticking to it is my biggest struggle!

    January 27, 2023 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • Gabby Blythe

    Thank you for sharing!

    January 28, 2023 at 7:47 pm Reply
  • Kat Pierce

    Is there a planner for 7 kids that are in different grade levels? I have yet to find a planner that meets my needs. Love your article. I am going to check out the planner quiz.

    January 28, 2023 at 9:16 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Our Large Family planner or the Create Your Own 5-6 Students options might help with this. Although technically only designed for up to 6 students, there are ways you can add in a 7th with our landscape format.

      February 13, 2023 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Megan Kuskie

    These are great ideas! Thank you!

    January 29, 2023 at 1:02 am Reply
  • Holley Vallieres

    Good tips here! Actually scheduling breaks is something I need to do to avoid burnout & overwhelm.

    January 29, 2023 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Garmon

    Thank you for the resources!!

    January 29, 2023 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Meghan Stafford

    Sounds interesting

    January 29, 2023 at 7:50 pm Reply
  • Samantha Jayne

    Schedule dependencies often cause any straying from that routine to have an impact on all members of our family. From crying to crabby and worse. The though of a strain on routine causes anxiety for me. So your advice is helpful and appreciated.

    January 30, 2023 at 3:41 am Reply
  • Lydia H.

    I love any and all tips for staying organized!

    January 30, 2023 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • Amanda Townsend

    Very informative and I will be making some changes to my routine and schedule, thanks!!!

    January 30, 2023 at 3:25 pm Reply
  • Misty Ford

    Thank you so much

    January 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Karolena Jordy

    I seem to always be on the hunt for a new planner that meets all of my & my family’s needs. I think this one may cover all the bases. It’s beautiful as well which is a definite plus.

    January 31, 2023 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Carla Ekkelboom

    Wow! This looks amazing and so very helpful! I have been homeschooling for 18 years, and still have 10 to go! I would love to improve in my organization and time management! I love the sound of your resources and may need to try them out! Beautifully done also!

    January 31, 2023 at 7:50 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Harrell

    Thanks for this info!

    February 2, 2023 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Abby L

    This is so helpful, I’m going to start small!

    February 3, 2023 at 1:38 am Reply
  • Stacy Diehl

    This was my first year homeschooling and I love to make elaborate plans that are hard to achieve and then wonder why I fail. This year I made it a point to be kind to myself! This planner has helped me to make and stick to realistic plans and goals. And I found that when I’m not stressing out over my failing unattainable plans, it frees my mind to focus on other important things too. Thank you for this planner, and helping my find success:)

    February 4, 2023 at 11:37 am Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      So glad to hear it’s been helpful! Good job learning to be kind to yourself. That’s HUGE!

      February 13, 2023 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Jessica Manes

    Keeping up with and just creating a schedule alone are so hard because we don’t have the tools necessary to do that so we keep it simple. We just cannot afford alot but my child’s Education is my top priority so we do the best we can. I just wish we could keep to a schedule, any schedule.

    February 5, 2023 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Jennie Holloway

    Thank you for this post. There are some good strategies to help implement changing your schedules.

    February 7, 2023 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Amanda Cychosz

    I needed this post something fierce. I struggle with time management in all aspects.

    February 7, 2023 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Robyn Cloud

    Thank you so much for the info. With a 9 year old, a toddler, plus a dog and my husband crazy work schedule our school schedule is always a mess. I’m gonna use these tips and try to get us back on track. Thanks again

    February 7, 2023 at 11:34 pm Reply
  • Samantha PaulinoBenito

    Ty for this advice.

    February 8, 2023 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Katie McClees

    Those are all great tips! Thank you for those!

    February 8, 2023 at 10:36 am Reply
  • Kathleen Herman

    We’ve had to adjust our schedule many times! Afternoon works best for us for learning after 30 minutes of quiet time. Morning time is when she needs to get her energy out as that’s when she is most wired up

    February 8, 2023 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Rebecca Michaca

    I’m new to homeschooling and looking forward to looking into this

    February 8, 2023 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Nicole Litts

    Thank you for everything

    February 9, 2023 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Kim Hite

    Looking forward to implementing this!

    February 9, 2023 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Shannon Johnson

    Schedule adjustments are constant in our home….

    February 9, 2023 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • Desiree Boe

    Thank you for all the great tips! We’re new to homeschooling

    February 10, 2023 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Melissa Shifflette

    My biggest hardship is all of my daughter’s appointments

    February 11, 2023 at 9:34 pm Reply
  • Danielle Cass

    With a new baby, we’ve had to adjust our schedule/rhythm dramatically. But I love having all the kids at home together, so it’s worth it! Flexibility is one of the key reasons we homeschool.

    February 12, 2023 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Terry Bullard

    I like the time limits with a break! I’m bad about just trying to get through a lesson no matter the time!

    February 12, 2023 at 8:23 pm Reply
  • Erica Rick

    This is very helpful, I have adhd myself and finding a realistic routine for me to homeschool on can be a struggle I can’t wait to try a few of your suggestions!

    February 13, 2023 at 6:10 am Reply
  • Bryanna Phillips

    My family is in a season of adjusting schedules. Our youngest was born in September of 2022, so as her needs change our daily schedule has to change a bit too. Sometimes she is content to play while I help her siblings with schoolwork and sometimes she needs all of my attention. Thankfully our older two children have been able to go with the flow pretty well.

    February 13, 2023 at 10:58 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Fluty

    The 25mins is a great Idea. I think my add gets me and I find something else when I’m trying to clean.

    February 16, 2023 at 6:07 am Reply
  • Rebekah landrum

    Such great info!!

    February 16, 2023 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Kelly Levesque

    After 12 years of homeschooling I finally learned that there are 365 days in a year. In my state we have to document 175 of those days. I no longer stick to a public school schedule. For example, because of a situation with my elderly parents, we are taking the entire month of February off so I can help them. There are still plenty of days left in the year to finish our required 175 days.

    February 17, 2023 at 7:27 am Reply
  • Myra

    Thanks for the tips. We are still playing around with what works for us as a schedule and routine.

    February 17, 2023 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Jessica Proffitt

    Thank you for this article. Time management in general is a struggle for us and every helpful word is welcome. Keep up the good work!!!

    February 17, 2023 at 11:13 pm Reply
  • Madelyn McCotter

    I definitely need to add in the scheduled stretch breaks!

    February 18, 2023 at 4:44 pm Reply
  • Tara Spatz

    I get frustrated when I make a schedule and we don’t get to it all and I have to redo and readjust it all again.

    February 18, 2023 at 10:19 pm Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      Tara, I wonder if the idea of Benchmarks would be helpful to you? Essentially, you set six-week goals to help make sure you get your overall curriculum done in the amount of time you want to through the course of the year. Then you process each week based on how you’re progressing toward those benchmarks. It’s a less frustrating way to handle adjustments. Here are some articles to check out that might help: https://wellplannedgal.com/category/achieve/benchmarks/

      February 22, 2023 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Sarah Daniels

    Thank you for the tips!

    February 18, 2023 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Mandey Clark

    My son is in high school. He prefers to do his lessons online. He works ahead sometimes, but normally do 4 days a week so he can have Fridays off.

    February 18, 2023 at 10:40 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Schulte

    We typically just go by a routine/flow and not a schedule. It has been so good since we often have to make adjustments.

    February 19, 2023 at 11:30 am Reply
  • Heather Thompson

    Thank you for all the wonderful resources and tips!

    February 19, 2023 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • April Johnson

    Thank you for the advice! Something to see if I can make work. I also just try to relax and if kids are having a bad day we just find something they like and do it. No matter what they are learning.

    February 19, 2023 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Amanda Harris

    You are the “life goal” definition of how I wish I was organized! Thank you so much for everything offered and for the time spent to help us all. Scheduling and maintaining that schedule is our biggest challenge.

    February 20, 2023 at 3:15 am Reply
  • Texas Momma

    I love the advice of scheduling breaks. I used to have my kids run laps around the house to give them some movement & outside time while I switched loads of laundry & hung the clothes on the line. It have us all a break & a bit of sunshine.

    February 20, 2023 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Paige Staples

    So helpful to think about!

    February 20, 2023 at 2:12 pm Reply
  • Shawn-Marie Woodard

    Thank you for all the ideas.

    February 20, 2023 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Jamie Wells

    Very helpful

    February 21, 2023 at 1:45 am Reply
  • Suzette Greene

    Love this! I’ve used your planner for years and it’s the only one I’ll use from now on!

    February 21, 2023 at 5:31 am Reply
    • Ann Hibbard

      You can probably imagine how we love to hear that! So very thankful it’s a good fit for you!

      February 22, 2023 at 9:49 am Reply
  • Karen Parker

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this bundle. It’s been stressful and this gives me something to look forward to, a nice distraction. The books, the planners, the Bible study. It’s all amazing.

    February 21, 2023 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Kimber Ribble

    We change our schedule as we go when we learn what works best by doing

    February 22, 2023 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Holly Hopkins

    Great information

    February 22, 2023 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Megan Walters

    Great suggestions. I’m struggling organizing my day. I’m still very new to homeschooling and just want to get it right.

    February 22, 2023 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Jennifer Rhudy

    Awesome

    February 22, 2023 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Cyndee Severa

    Love the planner! All the extras in it are SO helpful

    February 22, 2023 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • Christa olvera

    Still working on this!

    February 22, 2023 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Michelle Bogan

    This is great info! Thank you for sharing!!

    February 23, 2023 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Rebekah Hurst

    I just started homeschooling for the first time this week. However, I have taught special education for 16 years and am a graduate of homeschooling. My biggest thought on schedules is to have a routine that is as flexible as the wind. Also, authentic moments are much more valuable lessons than rite lessons and forced hours of work. Therefore, enjoy life and learn through life experiences!!!!

    February 23, 2023 at 9:53 pm Reply
  • Daisy Gomez

    Thank you for all the great advice. This is our first year homeschooling our 7th grader. And it’s been difficult to get into a routine that works. I feel more at ease now knowing that I’m not the only one having trouble with this. Because, let me tell ya, I was reading to give up!

    February 25, 2023 at 6:55 am Reply
  • Chelsea Mainous

    Very helpful information, thank you

    February 28, 2023 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Kali Cochran

    I certainly feel like I am not allowed to make a routine schedule every time I implement one something big happens and I’m back at square one I’ve learned to just be patient and make it workone day at a time. Hopefully this will change as life settles. It’ll have to with the work we have ahead of us

    February 28, 2023 at 8:39 pm Reply
  • Mindy Sue Freeman

    I feel like expecting to have 25 minutes to work on a single task would be setting myself up for failure. I have a 1yo and almost 3yo and homeschool 4 in elementary. Their attention spans are short and there’s always a diaper needing changing or some potential hazard that needs immediate attention. When I get back to the lesson all the kids have already gotten up to go do something else. Having a planner has helped me to stay focused to some degree but the hardest part is looking at it throughout the day lol. I spend time planning and writing in it and then some days it just goes out the window. A stack of needs-to-be-graded papers covers it up.

    February 28, 2023 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Jamye Ouellette

    These are great tips. I may start using some of them, especially the 25 minute chunks and taking a short movement break

    March 1, 2023 at 5:06 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Downey

    Thank you for sharing

    March 1, 2023 at 9:29 pm Reply

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