Cheerful Chore Challenge, week 3: Afternoon EHAP Routine – Simply Convivial

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The summer is the perfect time to address non-academic problem areas. For us this summer, that means solidifying our chore routines so that when we start up school again, we can keep the house humming and in better shape. Making these chore times habitual patterns in our day cuts down on the emotional, psychological, and relational wear-and-tear that boom-and-bust cycles, disarray, and conflict over what’s required create. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been surprised at how worn down you … Read More

Cheerful Chores Challenge, week 1: Morning Chores – Simply Convivial

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Alright, so let’s get set for 6 weeks of a “cheerful chores challenge.” This summer I’m working on shoring up our home-keeping routines while we aren’t doing school so that when we start school again in July (on our year-round schedule), we will already have those habits covered and won’t be trying to add everything at once. I’ve gone over our weekly plan, my “weekly time budget” as I call it, and seen where the chores would fit in and … Read More

A Word for 2014: Habitus

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I think that picking a word to be your year’s theme is a neat idea, and Habits was a solid anchor for 2013. I didn’t get my list of habits all engrained, but I did work on them all and improve. Most notably, making my bed really is a habit now! I am now a person who makes my bed every day. That is a huge success for me, a keystone habit that proves to me that progress is possible. … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Shrink the Change

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With engaging stories and practical advice, Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful habit changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool Series Review of the … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Engage the Emotions

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Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful change, through engaging stories and practical advice for making positive individual & group changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home … Read More

My 2013 Habit Project – Simply Convivial

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So, having developed why I chose to focus on organization, atmosphere, and health in 2013 and also the nature of habits, now we come to the details. Here’s my list. Habits for an Organized Home Make my bed. Always write it down right away in RTM, EN, or Google Calendar. Look at RTM, Cal, & Daily Docket before breakfast, during lunch, & before bed. Set three goals per day, during breakfast; tell someone. Put it away, don’t put it down. … Read More

New Year Habits – Simply Convivial

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I’ve made resolutions for the new year for 3 or 4 years running now, not only tracking them throughout the year, but even checking in on them publicly at year’s end and admitting how [poorly] I did. I have, in years past, tried to make my goals projects or tasks that can be checked off and accomplished during the year, but there always seems to be one or two that are really aspirations more than projects. I have an aspiration … Read More

The Habits Project

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Gretchen Rubin, in The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, spent a year pursuing the topic and the practice of happiness. She picked an area of focus each month and consciously worked on projects and habits related to that focus. What she focused on in January, I will focus on all year: Boost Energy. She did this by going to bed … Read More

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