February HomeBlogCar – Blogging and Being a Busy Homeschool Mom to 3 – How do I do it?

 
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Homeschool Blogging Carnival hosted by Lisa at The Squishable Baby and Keisha at Unschooling Momma. This month our participants are talking about schedules.

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I really wish I had an epiphany, but I don’t.  I wish I could have free printable downloadable pages for you to organize your life so that you can accomplish everything – and still sleep.

But I don’t.

All you have today is a tired Mama who has set some very important priorities.  That’s my secret.  I set priorities and do those things.  Then, those things that are not as important, they are left temporarily.  It’s the only way I can do it.  Here is my list.
 
 

Lisa’s Priorities.

 

  • Homeschooling.  Above everything else, this is the most important.  The responsible education of my kids will not take second to anything else.  Period.  This is what I see to be my biggest calling as a mother.  The most time and effort are dedicated to the education of my kids.  There is nothing that’s more important.
  • Blogging.  This is the next most important item for a few reasons…
    • It’s something that I really do enjoy doing.
    • It gives me the possibility of generating income while I homeschool my kids.  Number 2 (in theory) helps me to be able to do number 1.
    • I am not a clothes-horse or snob, and don’t feel like I need to be running around in the latest fashion.  However, I’m really sick and tired of running around in clothes with holes in them.  I really am sick and tired of being the only one living like a graduate student.  Honestly, I think I deserve better.  I really hope there are not a lot of other mamas in situations like me, but if you are – you deserve better as well.  I don’t feel bad saying it.  So, blogging is important because it allows me to be able to buy (in theory) what my children and I “NEED” for ourselves.  Not a bunch of junk, but the necessities of life which would be (as I see them) – healthy food, homeschool supplies and clothing.
  • Health and Fitness – If I’m sick and run-down, then it’s not good for anybody.  Plus, I can’t do items number 1 or 2 on my list.  Most importantly, if I’m sick, I can’t take care of my kiddos.  Not a good situation.  This is a no-brainer.  I gotta find the time to eat right and to exercise.
    • Exercise with the kids.  Generally, I get up super early (3-5 AM) to blog and exercise.  But I think it’s good for the kids to see it as well.  One day a week, I make sure to exercise with the kids – to promote good habit.
    • Allow them to see me shopping, cooking and making good food choices.  Generally I do make two meals.  But the more and more I cook healthy stuff for myself, the more and more interest they take in eating what I’m eating.  By not forcing it down their throats, they are making the choice on their own.  For me, cooking 2 meals for a month or two is worth it.

 
 

My General Schedule

 
4:50 AM – Get up and do my 30 minutes of exercise.    Then lay dead on the floor for like 20 minutes.

6:00 AM – If I have enough energy to work myself into the shower, this is the best time to do it.  There are no kids running in and out or banging on the door.  However, sometimes I just can’t do it, and park myself in front of the computer to blog/social media.

7:00 AM – Hadyn gets up and plays Wizard 101 and talks to me and shows me random things on the computer.

9:30 AM – Start preparing for the homeschool day.  Get Grayson up and eating.

10:00 AM – Hadyn starts Math.

10:30 AM – Ava gets up and eating.

11:15 AM or so – Hadyn does independent work and Ava starts Math.

11:45 AM – Ava Phonics and Hadyn Grammar/Cursive

1:00 PM – Eat and rest

2:00 PM – Ava has free time, and I work with Hadyn.  Or Hadyn and Ava History.

3:00 PM or so – Wiz time for the kids.  More blogging/social media for me.

6:00 PM – Start the dinner process.

7:00 PM – Kids eat.  Then free time.

8:00 PM –  I eat with kids hanging off various body parts.

8:30 PM – The kids (in theory) go to their rooms.  Grayson and I play or watch TV.  When I’m lucky, I can steal 30 minutes on the computer blogging or playing Wizard 101 (rarely playing)

Anywhere between 9 PM – 12 AM – I do more blogging and drop into bed.

 

This is a general schedule.  I do get small breaks in between where I do social media stuff.  All in all, I get time to do my 30 minutes of exercise, 4 hours for the blogging, and  a big chunk for school.  If I have a particularly hard blogging week, I take more time by getting up earlier and/or going to bed later.

 

So that’s how I make it work and schedule my time for the things I need to do.

 
 

 

 

What are the items that you work into your daily schedule?

 

 

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Comments

  1. Love it! Especially how you worded #1. I have to get back to setting my alarm for my workouts – my day is so much better when I do it before anyone wakes up. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I don’t know how you get up before 5 am and on top of that workout?! Can you pass some of your energy/motivation to me?
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  3. Oh my goodness Lisa – what a schedule! And when do you find the time to make all the Squishable Baby items for your business? You are one really busy Mama!
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    • Hey Jody,

      Yeah, I actually had to stop selling. There just isn’t enough time in the day. I just couldn’t fit it all in. That was one of the sacrifices. I’m hoping that its only temporary.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I must go by your blog. I haven’t been there in forever – and I am very sorry about that.
      Lisa recently posted…Mommy Monday Blog Hop Week 36My Profile

  4. I would drop dead with your schedule. Don’t you need more sleep? I have to make myself get up earlier. It’s so hard fitting it all in. I also homeschool, and blog, and teach online classes. Finding balance is so important. We’re living in squished barn right now as we build our house and unfortunately, when I get up, everyone else does too. Ugh. I need to stop making excuses and just. do. it. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Hey Michelle,

      No, you wouldn’t drop dead. It’s amazing what you can do when you have extra motivation. It’s not forever. Nothing is forever.

      Wow, you are doing quite a bit. Are you an online professor?

      Awesome on building your house. Being in a squished barn is worth it in the short term, no?

      Thanks so much for being such an excellent co-hostess!
      Lisa recently posted…Mommy Monday Blog Hop Week 36My Profile

  5. haha! That you scheduled laying dead on the floor for 20 minutes literally made me LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think you said it beautifully in your first paragraph. We all find time to do the things we truly, in our hearts, believe are the most important. It’s hard, sometimes, to say how. We just do.
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    • You are right, we just do. When I thought about it getting healthy – I was like, how do I find the time to just think about it, much less do it. But, you find the time.

      Yeah, i do. Sometimes, it’s just hard to get up just after exercising. I just lay there on my back and watch the infomercials on the DVD – and sigh in disbelief. It’s amazing what people will sell in the name of health. They prey on your low self esteem, or your low feelings of self worth. It’s incredible.

      Thanks so much for participating in the carnival with us last month!
      Lisa recently posted…Mommy Monday Blog Hop Week 36My Profile

  6. Prioritizing! Totally agree and totally need to work on this one. I start one project, or activity and get totally sucked into it. I like that you have a regular time that you do your homeschooling, my kiddo is preschool still, but I think that this might help with our daily rhythm.

    I am totally inspired by your devotion to your own well-being and fitness. I’ve got to make that more of a priority!
    Lydia Larae recently posted…Adult Learning –> Child LearningMy Profile

    • Hey Lydia,

      It took me a long while before I figured out that I needed to prioritize myself. But I quickly realized (as my mother always told me), that in order to take care of my kids, I had to be well. If I am not well, how well would I be able to take care of the kids. It’s a necessary evil, really. You have to make time for yourself.
      Lisa recently posted…Mommy Monday Blog Hop Week 36My Profile

  7. You make money doing blogging? I’m in awe, though I guess that’s what the ads on the side there are for. I’m also in awe of the early morning. I drag myself out of bed closer to seven or eight.

    I work blogging and social media in to the little times in the day when the kids want a break from their schoolwork. I also try for twenty minutes in the morning and some time in the evening. My kids do schoolwork from 9 till 4 with lots and lots of really long breaks in between, and then at four they have computer time.
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    • Well…making money blogging – those are very strong words. I have made a few bucks here and there through sponsored posts, and I hope to do many more (and be more consistent) in the future. I don’t make money through advertising yet. I just don’t have the readers necessary. However, I remain positive that things will work out.

      Your schedule sounds good. Whatever works!
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  8. I NEED to start getting up earlier.
    As a beauty consultant and makeup artist, and most recently stylist, I need to spend some QT on myself for meetings with clients, etc, so I tend to do the get up with the kiddo, get her fed and engaged in something, do my blogging/bookings/orders filled, re-engage her, and then do more on the blogging front (which I am in the process of turning into a business itself, so here’s to more excuses to buy on-trend clothes and cosmetics), then at her nap time it’s workout, get prepped for the day, eat and take a 15 min power nap, then afternoon art, engage her in something else and get done what I can. Hubby comes home and I leave to meet with clients.
    Ideally I’d like to see more time spent in the blogging sphere, hence getting up earlier, and hopefully a wider audience for my skill set as well of helping women. specifically busy moms, find ways to look their best quickly and easily on a daily basis. Here’s to getting my butt up. I like the four hours a day of blogging as a goal, I am going to start keeping better track of my time!
    Thanks for sharing this, it gives me good ideas for now and for the future when E is school age ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Hey

      I didn’t know your were beauty consultant extrodainare. That is so awesome! Is this business new? Congratulations!

      You are right, whatever you are selling – you have to look the part. Who would hire a beauty consultant who looks like crap? No one. You need to buy what you need, and you need the time, plain and simple. What you mentioned makes me sound tired. You are truly doing it all, but be careful. I really hope that your hubby is supporting you in this endeavor, and will corporate in giving you the support, materials and time that you need.

      And if he does, please tell me your secret – because I’m a complete fail on that part.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Lisa recently posted…Mommy Monday Blog Hop Week 36My Profile

  9. Yup, I’ve been doing it for three years now professionally. He is supportive, but he also wants me to be happy as he drags me all over the country every two years for the military so he tries hard to make sure I’m doing well. That being said, investments into the businesses can be a tricky subject, I’m in the process of redesigning my website to monetize and grow my business and THAT is way more expensive than I anticipated!
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  10. I need to get more scheduled. I keep school going during the summer months, so I need all the pointers I can get.
    Thanks!
    xoxo

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