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10 Ingredients for Working and Homeschooling

ORGANIZED UNDER: Family // Homeschooling // Life // Organizing // Well Planned Gal // Women

Taking on the dual task of working from home and homeschooling seems to be a growing trend. I have been a work-at-home, homeschooling momma for nearly twenty years, with differing schedules depending on the age of our children. Here is a list of my top 10 ingredients for keeping my sanity while trying to be a super hero mom.

  1. A Goal: Make a wishlist of what the ideal day looks like. If I didn’t have a goal, I wouldn’t know what to shoot for.
  2. Recognition: When deciding to work, you choose to surrender free time that might normally be spent doing fun “girl” things. Recognizing and accepting that reality helps deter bitterness or resentment when I get tired and worn out.
  3. A Daily Schedule: Create an hour-by-hour outline of your day. This is an absolute must in order to recognize the amount of time you can realistically give to work and school.
  4. Involve the Family: Post the schedule on the refrigerator or online. Keeping the family up to date on your work and school load will help keep communication lines open. It also is encouraging when your children recognize your business and do special things to show appreciation.
  5. Double Time: Take at least one twenty minute break a day. This can quickly result in a second wind that allows for almost double the work. My favorites are reading, power napping, or drinking coffee!
  6. Don’t Forget: Although work and homeschool are important, don’t forget to give yourself time in your schedule to get the housework done. Doing housework with the help of hubby or kids is an excellent way to have some relationship building time.
  7. Make a List Each Day: I begin each day with a steno pad and my On the Go planner. I make one to-do list each for work, home, and school. I put an asterisk next to the items that I must complete before going to bed.
  8. Establish Consistency: Going full throttle for one week and then binging on Netflix due to exhaustion can create chaos. Steady freddy is a motto to live by.
  9. Maintain Self Care: Working out, drinking water, eating healthy, and limiting my chocolate intake helps regulate my waistline and my mental health!
  10. A Time of Rejuvenation: On a daily basis, this is consistent time with the Lord. On a weekly/bi-weekly basis this is dinner out with girlfriends. Either monthly or quarterly, this is time away for a day or a weekend.

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.

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