I hate being overscheduled and always on the go even though as a working homeschool mom that can be really hard to avoid.
I know from experience that we do better if our life isn’t too busy, too full or too much running around.
About a month ago I knew I would have 4-5 days where I would be required to be out of the house every single day.
Somehow between me saying “yes” too many times, appointments, errands and family obligations on top of work it grew until I woke up one day and I was facing 12-14 days in a row. Oops!
Have you ever accidentally over scheduled your life? Or have you had times that you know your life is going to get busy and you need to make adjustments?
Be it training new people, preparing for the holiday season, or saying YES one too many times these tips will help you find a way to balance it all.
Sharing Tips To Help You Adjust Your Schedule For Busy Seasons
I chatted about this problem I was facing and how I was planning on coping on my Facebook Page.
Resources Discussed in the Video:
Here is a quick list of resources I talked about in the video.
32 -Page Deluxe Homeschool Planner, Simply print out the pages you need and place them in your favorite binder.
Cooking classes my kids are taking for the Instant Pot.
This is the one we are using. It is both a slow cooker and an Instant Pot.
My Plan On Surviving My Overscheduled Working Homeschool Life:
Before sharing adjustments we made please always do what is best for you. What works for us might not work for you but you may get some awesome ideas that will.
These changes we are making to our life will allow me to balance it all.
Childcare Solutions for Overscheduling:
Even though my kids are older I don’t like leaving them too long alone.
I sat down and went over my schedule pulling out my paper planner. I use the Homeschool Deluxe Planner because I can print off the pages I need.
I took note of all the things and this gave me the “big picture” needed to see when I wanted to have someone with them or when they would be okay alone.
If you decide childcare is going to be needed then you want to get that arranged ahead of time.
Need Ideas? I’ve got you covered. Read: Child Care Solutions When You Are A Working Homeschool Mom
Homeschool Schedule Changes:
I like to give my kids a lot of control over their schedule for homeschool. We usually do a 4-day schedule with weekends being project-based etc.
After discussing upcoming busy days with the kids and looking at my schedule, they decide to do school 3 days I am out of the house and then take next week off of school. No book work!
I do not have to hit an hour requirement or week requirement for our homeschool even though we do aim for 36 weeks.
Having the freedom to make these adjustments as needed is so great.
Be sure to know what you are required by law before making changes. Take a good look at your homeschool schedule and how much flexibility you have. Doing this can use to free up time and make life less stressful for you.
Housework and Chores Adjustments:
Keep in mind that “letting go” of what you can is really vital during these busy times.
I chose to prepare a head of time as much as I could. I deep cleaned and tidied this week. I also did the laundry and got caught up for once. Don’t faint!
Next, I cancelled the kids chores for that week off of school. I know this sounds counterproductive but stick with me here. There is a method to my madness.
My kids do chores daily. They are assigned 4 chores a day and you can read more about what that looks like here.
During the busy time I chose 1 large chore a day instead of 4 smaller ones. I picked something that normally I would have to do. This is the key. You want to pick something that is really going to help you as a family.
Of course you will need to choose age appropriate chores that your child not only can do but knows how to do well already. This is not the time to start teaching them a new chore.
I chose washing the dishes. Without a dishwasher this is a big chore and it will be a massive help for all of us. This includes sorting, scraping off the food, hand washing, drying and putting them away. It is a big job! One that needs to be done.
Think of it as one thing you don’t have to do. They key is to keep in mind your child and chose something that genuinely will help you out!
This is so important. I hate working all day and then coming home and freaking out because I don’t know what to make for dinner.
I’ll be making use of my Instant Pot and the fact that my kids are learning how to use it. They are taking a cooking course designed for children called
Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Meals Kids Can Make!. It’s video and hands on learning.
Having kids that can cook is awesome because it is one more thing I don’t have to do.
They are each picking one meal to make and since my Instant Pot is also a Slow Cooker they can choose one of each.
So far here are the recipes we plan to make.
The list is not complete but it is a good start:
The kids have made this each with me. I know they can do 99% of this on their own. Perfect for a day we are rushing around.
This looks amazing. I’ll be swapping the ground sausage for ground chicken or hamburger depending on the sales and the Marconi for gluten-free noodles. I’ll be testing these Brown Rice Noodles which I was told work better in the Instant Pot.
I really have been wanting to try Beef and Broccoli in my Instant Pot. There are quite a few ingredients but the steps look pretty simple.
With the colder weather this one sounds awesome. I’ll be ditching the ranch dressing mix and swapping with something…not sure what.
I always change recipes. Much to the dismay of my family.
This was so good I’ve made it twice. I think I actually followed the recipe for once. Oh no I didn’t-ha! I didn’t bother letting the veggies defrost, I used frozen and it was fine.
Gonna be honest. I was a little scared of this one. I mean shredded carrots?? It is soooo good. Cream cheese and heavy cream. Yes just trust her. Or me!
Lastly I picked up a whole chicken on sale so we will be making that. I think I make it once a week -easy and good.
The key point is: Use what you have such as casseroles, slow cooker, freezer meal prep ahead of time what you can.
Clothing and Supply Preparation:
Some of my outings will require dressy clothes such as skirts, blouses, blazers, etc.
Before my busy week I quickly did a check to make sure everything I needed was clean. Then created outfits I can wear together so I am not worried about trying to figure out what to wear while half asleep. I stuck these outfits on hangers or at least close to each other so I can wake up, grab and go.
I hate ironing but if you do that kind of thing, this is when you want to do it. 😉
Shoes and boots are clean(ish). We’ve had gross weather so mud is everywhere-yulk! Cases, bags, and lunches are packed. Notebooks and working pens. Since my kids swipe all my good pens this is kind of important.
I also made sure to give my travel mug a good cleaning. I love my Contigo Stainless Steel Mug so this is super vital for me. I also made sure I had a supply of energy bars. I don’t do hungry well.
This is it in action!
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Plan Your Me/Alone Time:
Since my life is busy my knee jerk reaction is to cut out the Me Time but I have learned that is a bad idea.
I’ll be using:
- Waking up early
- Hitting the gym
- Walking around the yard, playing with the dog
Be sure to read this list for more ideas: How to Make Time for You When You “Don’t Have Time”
So there you have it! My master plan for surviving my over scheduled working homeschool life.
There are easy, practical and totally doable tips. What changes do you make when life gets crazy?
PS. Bonus tip: It is super important to take breaks when you are busy. Trust me, read these Breaks You Should Be Taking As A Working Homeschool Mom!