Interval Planning: PREP Week

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I’ve written for years now about interval planning, and it’s a concept I continue to practice and teach. At its heart, interval planning chooses goals and plans projects and works within manageable increments (6-12 weeks, usually) instead of short bursts (a week or month) or long stretches (quarters or years). Then, between intervals, time (a day or a week) is taken to step back, wrap up loose ends, and plan for the next stretch. The interval is for doing mode … Read More

What’s Working Now: My Weekly Planner Page

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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

The Secret of Year-Round Homeschooling

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Whether we’ve found the perfect curriculum or not, whether we’ve collected the right homeschool resources or not, whether we stay adequately caffeinated or not – homeschooling is hard work. The books and the checklists are not the secret to beating homeschool burnout. The secret is year-round homeschooling. We’ve all felt it. The freshness of the new school year has faded. We go to bed bone-weary, frustrated, wondering if we’re doing everything all wrong. We wake up tired, put one foot … Read More