Sunday nights for the past year have been my designated planning period time. I figure if the public school teachers get one, so should I!
I began doing this in response to a blog post I read from a homeschooling mama who took a couple of hours every Sunday evening at a local coffee shop to plan her week. This concept sounded like something that would be ever so helpful, but alas, where would I find the time to sit at a coffee shop and organize my life?
That’s when I decided I could have my planning period at home. On Sunday nights, my wonderful husband herds all the children downstairs to watch a Western and I gather up a mountain of books, some notebook paper, and a cup of coffee (so I can pretend I really am at a coffee shop!)
During this planning period I am planning much more than just my school week. Because of this, I have 5 separate divisions for my plans: Meals, School, Homekeeping, Activities, and Miscellaneous.
I take a piece of scratch paper and I write down every single thing I want to accomplish in the coming week. I write down people I need to email, I write down websites I need to visit, I write down all I want to accomplish school-wise, I write down places we have to be and people who are coming to visit. Both the fronts and backs of my notebook pages end up covered in frantic scribbles. It is wonderful to see my week pouring out in front of me!
Next, I transfer everything into their correct sections. Lest you think I have some fancy scheduling template, let me reassure you, my pages are simple notebook paper–nothing fancy there!
On the Meals page I write out only a couple of days worth of meals since life is rather unpredictable here. I fill in the rest as I go.
For School, I write down all the things I want to accomplish each day. In this section I also list books I’d like to buy, books I’d like to sell, and projects I’ve been meaning to have the children work on.
On the Homekeeping page, I write down our daily cleaning routine and add things to be decluttered and reorganized.
On the Activities page I write a day-by-day listing of any places we have to be or things we will be doing.
The Miscellaneous page I leave for those to-do’s that don’t ‘t fit anywhere else. This includes things to blog about, thank yous to write, people to call, etc.
In the mornings, I open my planning notebook on the counter with these pages laid out where I can readily reference them throughout the day. Everything is right there and I can add or subtract from them as I please. It makes for a much smoother flowing day!
So, grab a pen and paper and a cup of coffee and join me for a planning period!