We’ve All Been There
The sink is overflowing with dishes, you need groceries, no one in your house has clean socks, you’re behind on lessons, and dinner hasn’t been made. You’re stressed, blessed, and extremely overwhelmed. As homeschool moms, it’s safe to say that we’ve all been there a time or two!
Unfortunately, days like this seem to sneak up on me. Then, they want to take up a permanent residence and stay forever! After day two or three, I have pretty much had it and something ultimately snaps. I don’t do chaotic and messy very well… Which is why I need order, cleanliness, and a plan!
Take a Step Back
If your feeling completely overwhelmed and swallowed by life, you must take a step back. Take a breather, look around, reevaluate your situation, make a plan, and work towards an end goal! Sounds great on paper right? What about in real life?
In order for change to happen, you have to set goals for yourself. Period.
In order to reach those goals, you must have a plan in place.
In order to create a plan that works, you will need evaluate your current status.
Get where I’m going with this? You can’t just hope or think about change, you have to create the change!
Have a Catch up Day
Seriously though. This is where it’s at mommas! If you are completely drowning in everyday tasks that seem to have no end, you absolutely need a catch up day. Or if you’re anything like me, you might even need a catch up week! Trust me, the catch up week has actually been a reality in this house… a few times!
My 5 Step Method…
Stop what you are doing! Don’t fold anymore laundry, don’t thaw the chicken for dinner, or teach that next math lesson.
Literally, just stop.
If your kids are older, send them off for some quiet reading or outdoor play. If you have littles, you might need to get creative here with a movie, nap, or an abundance of snacks. Just get them settled with something, so that you can take a moment to stop doing all the things!
Sounds strange, but stay with me!
Look around. Take a deep breathe, grab a notebook, then do a quick walk through of your home.
What are you behind on? Who needs your attention? What errands have you pushed off? Start jotting it all down in your notebook. Not necessarily in any order of importance, just write whatever you think of the second it crosses your mind.
Beware momma, the list is bound to get long!
Think about your list. Look it over and evaluate where you are.
Do you have 25 things written down? Or is it more like 100?
Evaluate your standings. Weed out the unnecessary tasks that have snuck their way onto your list. Then, figure out how long you might need to accomplish what’s left. Also, take some time to decide if you are going to need help completing it!
Plan your attack.
Reorder your list in order of importance, pick the day (or week) you are going to tackle the tasks, and create a finalized to do list!
I highly suggest blocking out all of your time for an entire day, or set of days. Be specific on what you are are doing and when you are doing it. Write it all down, starting with the most important or overwhelming tasks first, ending with the simple.
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It may seem unreachable at first, but you’ve totally got this! If you have littles, definitely enlist the help of grandparents, older children, or maybe even ask your spouse to take a day off from work to spend with them while you work on catching up!
If your children are older, put them to work! Give them smaller tasks that you know they can complete on their own, all while making your to do list even smaller. Make this work for the sake of your sanity, if nothing else!
Generally, I take catch up days completely off from homeschooling. There will always be time to fit in extra lessons on weekends, holiday breaks, whenever. Homeschoolers are always learning anway, so a little time off from core lessons definitely doesn’t hurt! Plus, helping mom tackle a to do list totally counts as home-economics! Bam!
Keep a watchful eye on your list, manage your time properly, and work your butt off! You will be exhausted, but it’s totally worth it in the end. I actually just recently had a catch up day myself, and I’m still reaping the benefits. My house is cleaner, my laundry is at a manageable level, lessons are being completed, and somehow dinner has made it on the table every single day this week! Huge homeschool mom win!
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