Keeping the habit of sharing a helpful habit on Fridays…
That title might make you cringe or it may make you curious. Really, this post is somewhat selfish on my part. See, I need the motivation. Preparing for a new school year is not really something I’m ready to tackle. Yes, I’ve been to a homeschool convention, I’ve picked out curriculum, I have in mind many of the tools we’ll be using. But, I need to make the steps towards planning and preparing.
So, I remembered a habit that both motivates and accomplishes. Fifteen minutes. Just fifteen minutes a day. It originates from helpful Flylady and household management. “You can do anything for 15 minutes.” Well, last year I took that and I decided to apply it to school preparation.
- For 15 minutes in the morning I researched, clicked and printed.
- Then for 15 minutes in the afternoon or evening, I three-hole punched, assembled and organized.
- That equals 30 minutes a day. I can handle 30 minutes of school prep a day. How about you?
There’s also a side effect. Sometimes I found myself accomplishing so much that I went over my 15 minutes. It was simply the act of getting started and getting past the overwhelm that helped.
- I will sit down at the computer, click on my Tapestry DE and print one week. The pages needed for each of my older three children.
- The pages sit on the printer until I get to them.
- I will put together three, big, blue binders. They will reside on the bottom shelf of the History bookcase.
- For 15 minutes at some other time during the day I will three hole punch then load the pages into the binders. Put the binders back on the shelf.
It will likely take a whole week or more but I will really only put 15 minutes to half an hour into it each day. I don’t ever have long stretches of time I can leave projects out I figure if I do this every day I can have everything ready. And what a nice feeling that will be.
As for the rest of the week, here’s a quick overview:
Hodgepodgedad on the SunButter blog in honor of Father’s Day! He shares his favorite snack recipes and the story of working for a major cookie manufacturer and the secret, guarded recipe.
Tomorrow I’m hosting a Tapestry Tea in my home. I love, love to talk Tapestry! If you are interested in Tapestry of Grace as well, click over to read my review at The Curriculum Choice.
And here’s a quick gallery of all the goings on.
I always think our weeks are rather uneventful until I look at pictures…Longer days, lightning bugs, summer fun…
What are you up to, friends?