Scheduling Work and School

Originally published March 24, 2009

My life is nothing if not scheduled.  The thing about schedules, though, is that they always tend to be broken.  I know people who schedule down to the minute.  Life with a large family and numerous responsibilities requires intensive scheduling, but it just as certainly requires a lot of flexibility.  So, for me, I have a little bit different schedule for every day of the week.  And, of course, that changes with each school year because extracurricular activities change, as well as my work responsibilities.  Here is my very flexible schedule as it stands now:

Monday
  6-7 a.m.
Rise and Shine
Dress
Personal Bible Time
Feed baby
  7-8 a.m.
Eat breakfast
Feed children
Check work email
  8-9 a.m.
Respond to work email as needed
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
Start laundry
  9-10 a.m.
Cardiac rehab program
  10-Noon
Take Olivia to dance
Check work email and respond
  Noon-1 p.m.
Eat lunch
Clean kitchen
Continue laundry
  1-2:30 p.m.
Check work email and respond
School 
     1st grader: phonics, reading, math, handwriting, spelling
      4th grader: math, handwriting, copywork, spelling
  2:30-3 p.m.
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
  3:30-5 p.m.
Take Alyssa to dance and Isabel to piano
  5-7 p.m.
Fix dinner
Eat
Clean kitchen
  7-9 p.m.
Family Bible time
Get children ready for bed

Tuesday
  6-7 a.m.
Rise and Shine
Dress
Personal Bible Time
Feed baby
  7-8 a.m.
Eat breakfast
Feed children
Check work email
Start crockpot meal for dinner
  8-9 a.m.
Respond to work email as needed
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
  9-10 a.m.
Take children to babysitter and leave for work
  10-5 p.m.
Work
  5-7 p.m.
Pick up kids
Take Alyssa to dance   
  7-9 p.m.
Finish dinner
Eat
Clean kitchen
Family Bible time
Get children ready for bed

 Wednesday
  6-7 a.m.
Rise and Shine
Dress, Persona
Bible Time
Feed baby
  7-8 a.m.
Eat breakfast
Feed children
Check work email
  8-9 a.m.
Respond to work email as needed
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
Start laundry
  9-10 a.m.
Cardiac rehab program
  10-Noon
Check work email and respond,
School 
     1st grader: phonics, reading, math, handwriting, spelling
        4th grader: math, handwriting, copywork, spelling
  Noon-1 p.m.
Eat lunch
Clean kitchen
  1-3:30 p.m.
Check work email and respond
Unit Studies (History, Bible, Language Arts, Geography, Science)
  3:30-5 p.m.
Free Time
Misc Chores
Library
  5-7 p.m.
Fix dinner
Eat
Clean kitchen
  7-9 p.m.
Family Bible time
Get children ready for bed

Thursday
  6-7 a.m.
Rise and Shine
Dress
Personal Bible Time
Feed baby
Start laundry
  7-8 a.m.
Eat breakfast
Feed children
Check work email
  8-9 a.m.
Respond to work email as needed
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
  9-10 a.m.
Cardiac rehab program
  10-Noon
Check work email and respond
School 
     1st grader: phonics, reading, math, handwriting, spelling
        4th grader: math, handwriting, copywork, spelling
  Noon-1 p.m.
Eat lunch
Clean kitchen
Laundry
  1-3:30 p.m.
Check work email and respond 
Unit Studies (History, Bible, Language Arts, Geography, Science)
  3:30-4 p.m.
Get everyone dressed and ready to go
  4-6 p.m.
Take Isabel to dance class
Grocery shopping
  6-7 p.m.
Fix dinner
Eat
Clean kitchen
Finish laundry
  7-9 p.m.
Family Bible time
Get children ready for bed

Friday
  6-7 a.m.
Rise and Shine
Dress
Personal Bible Time
Feed baby
  7-8 a.m.
Eat breakfast
Feed children
Check work email
  8-9 a.m.
Respond to work email as needed
Pull schoolwork for Dad to do
  9-Noon
Work
  Noon-2 p.m.
Run errands
  2-4 p.m.
Check work email and respond
Chores
  4 p.m.
Leave for camping at our land

Saturday is a general housecleaning day.  The weekday chores are for maintenance, then the real cleaning is done on Saturday.  That’s subject to change this summer as we expect to spend more weekends camping and working at our property an hour away. 

By the way, the baby gets fed more than just at 6 a.m.  In fact, she tends to graze all day.  That’s just the time she wakes up for her first feeding.

Lots of things wreck our schedule.  Like today I’m home with a sick child (strep) and waiting for the ax to fall on the other three, as well as myself.  We need to get the car in the shop tomorrow for several days, so I have to do grocery shopping tonight instead of Thursday.  We didn’t accomplish much school, and it’s the first week back after our two week spring break.  So, next week, we’ll double time a couple of days.

I find the important thing about a schedule is that it helps prioritize needs, layout a general flow of activities, and keep everyone on track since our general tendency is to loll about, fritter away the day, then complain that we can never get anything done.  It’s true I cannot get it all done every day, but I can get a lot done when I have a schedule and avoid time wasters like playing on the computer.  Like I’m doing now.  What time is it?  What should I be doing?  EEK!  Alyssa needs to get ready for dance!!  Gotta go…

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