My word for the year is balance. One of the biggest things I’m struggling with is balance between my workload and homeschooling.
Last year, I was only officially homeschooling Bookworm. Now, however, I homeschool all three kids every day. (Bookworm is in 5th grade, PB & J Girl is in K, and Cuddle Bug is in preschool.) I know this year is a year of transition, because, even though I do school with the girls for about 1 to 2 hours a day, I can be quite flexible. Next year, when PB & J Girl is in 1st grade and Cuddle Bug is in K, I’ll have to be much more intentional, and I’m guessing their schooling will take more time.
Ideally, I’d find balance by cutting back my workload, but my husband and I don’t feel comfortable doing that until we have a significant emergency fund (ideally 3-6 months), savings for a new vehicle, and my husband gets a raise.
So, option two is finding a better way to juggle all of my responsibilities.
To do so, I’m going to try out some schedule changes.
How Our Day Currently Works
My husband and I both get up at 6 a.m. He makes breakfast, and I do about 30 minutes of work.
We all eat breakfast together by 7 or 7:15, and then I do a load of laundry and help the kids do their morning chores. We all pile in the car by about 7:45 to 8 to drop my husband off at the bus stop.
We’re usually home between 8:30 and 9 a.m. We start school and go strong until 11 a.m. when everyone takes a break and I prepare lunch.
By 12:30, we’re done with lunch and back to school for Bookworm and play for PB & J Girl and Cuddle Bug. We often have to leave the house in the afternoon for speech therapy or for some of our homeschool activities like history club or classic book club.
If we’re home, the kids will go out and play mid-afternoon while I clean the kitchen and start preparing dinner.
By 3:30, the kids are watching PBS, and I’m trying to squeeze in some work. By 4:30, I’m cooking dinner so it will be ready before we leave to get my husband.
By 5, we’re in the car to pick up daddy.
At 6, we sit down to dinner, and then the kids get ready for bed. By 7:30, everyone is in bed, and my husband and I settle in to do some work.
Here’s my problem—I will work from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., but then I’m so wound up from doing my work that I have a hard time disengaging and relaxing. I often can’t fall asleep until 11 or midnight.
Changes to Our Schedule
Here are some of the changes that I’m thinking of making:
Get up at 4:30 a.m. This will give me time to exercise and do an hour or two of work in the morning.
Rely more on freezer meals. If I’m going to make something in the slow cooker for dinner, I plan to prep all the veggies at night so I can quickly dump it in the slow cooker in the morning.
After the kids go to bed, I will read to relax.
I plan to go to bed between 8 and 9 p.m.
I’ll let you know in a few weeks how the new schedule is working out.
Do you get up early to get more done? If so, what time do you usually wake up?