Why Planners Are a Waste of Time

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So, January is nearly over. The new calendars have scuff marks, boxes on our year habits are left unchecked, and everyone on Instagram has a prettier planner than us. Are we going to give up and give in to February blues? No! Although the hope of a fresh new year often expresses itself in new planners, pretty markers, and a renewed resolve, the reality of life lived with and for others often undermines our planner-related ambitions. There are three reasons … Read More

Elementary Lessons Plans 2017-2018 – in Evernote

Elementary Lessons is the name of our mini co-op that I teach twice weekly at my house with 2 of my kids, 2 of my friend’s kids, and 1 child of another friend. My younger-than-elementary (now only 1 of those!) kids go down the street to my friend Kirsti’s while hers walk over to mine. It’s an ideal set-up, and not entirely unintentional or accidental. During our twice-weekly 2-hour lesson chunk, we do writing (with only the 9-11 crowd), history … Read More

What’s Working Now: My Weekly Planner Page

For nearly a year I gave all-digital planning another go. I tried a few different configurations, a few different apps and options – all in the name of research! – with mixed success. I tried Evernote for a weekly summary note and a place to keep routines. I tried a spreadsheet version of my previous paper weekly spread. I tried using all Omnifocus, all the time (except for routines, which then plummeted). Over and over again, I return to the … Read More

Choose the Right To-Do List for Your Personality Type

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Have you ever tried keeping a to-do list and just not been able to stick with it enough to see a difference in your life? Are you constantly switching planners, always hoping for the one that will work for you but never seeming to find it? Have you tried copying a friend or a mentor’s to-do list system and just not been able to make it work? You might be trying to use a method and system that is incompatible … Read More

How to Create a Personalized Housecleaning Plan

There is one big problem with housecleaning. It’s never done. We make the checkmark, but the task returns the very next day or week. Making decisions is fatiguing. Front-load the decisions about what to do when is sanity-saving. The goal is regularity. A daily good enough. Remember that your home is a tool to be used. Its perfect end-state is not perfection. Its reason for being is as a setting for the drama of life unfolding within its walls. Is … Read More

Have a menu plan.

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Organize your attitude #30 Do you know one real downer that happens all too often? Not knowing what’s for dinner when 5pm rolls around. You know what I’m talking about. And, yes, it happens to me, too. Do you know one real awesome feeling? Knowing at breakfast time what’s for dinner, pulling the meat out of the freezer the night before, and maybe even doing a little head-start prep while the kids eat breakfast. A menu plan makes those mornings … Read More

How to lesson plan so you’re never behind

Some homeschool moms – maybe those with school-teacher backgrounds – have elaborate homeschool lesson plans – full sheets of papers full of ideas, notes, references, activities, and objectives. Many homeschool moms have no lesson plans at all. I have never been in that first category, but more often find myself in the latter. Even though I love planning, lesson plans seemed more like a waste of time than anything else. Learning, at least in our homeschool, is more about reading … Read More

Keeping an Evernote daily to-do list

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I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how going all digital would work out for me. I have gone back to writing out a short daily to-do note, but I learned a lot from my little experiment. Using Evernote for a daily to-do list and journal is … Read More

Planning That Matters

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Planning isn’t just for certain personality types. You can adapt the principles to whatever situation or style you have – these 4 moms will share how they have done just that! Join us Tuesday, June 21st, at 1pm to hear 5 moms talk about the planning ideas and practices that have changed their lives the most. You’ll also get a chance to see the way they keep track of their plans and ideas! Hear about real planning and real life, … Read More

Morning Time Plans | 2016-2017 School Year Planning

Time for planning another school year! And we all know planning is the best part. Eventually we have to get down to business and work the plan, but this is the time of year we get to dream and imagine a school day where no one argues, where everyone starts their letters from the top, and where naps are regular. Ha. OK, so, then we have to come back to reality and recognize that our plans are only going to … Read More

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