Working from home and homeschooling my pre-schooler has been a challenge to say the least. Eladia started off in the beginning of the pandemic going to her pre-school; where she flourished. Eventually, we decided it was the best decision for the health of our family to take her out of school. Thus joining the probably millions of kids who were homeschooled at the time.
Instead of having the undivided of her teachers; we now had to juggle different tasks at home. In addition to schooling there was daily household tasks, outings to burn her energy off, and I still had to get work for my business done. It can feel impossible. And honestly, the way I planned our days, it was impossible.
It was a very sharp learning curve. I went from having a few hours each day working uninterrupted; to being interrupted almost by the minute. Having to divert my attention consistently is no small feat.
I ended up under the very naive impression that I could continue with the same amount of work hours, and each day I would have enough energy to get everything done.
We ran into one big problem.
One small problem; there wasn’t enough hours in the day. Between all of the amount of time it takes for her schooling, outings to keep us sane, and regular house chores. I was short on time and overloaded with tasks to do.
At the end of each day I felt unproductive and downright exhausted. My patience was getting thinner each day. Something had to change.
So, I changed my intentions and got really intentional with my time.
Realistic expectations. I wrote down what I thought I could realistically get done in one day; then I took one task off that list. The Clever Fox Premium Planner was a lifesaver for getting these tasks down.
I created a schedule for learning. One of the biggest problems I was experiencing was a disconnect in the time I spent working and the time she was focusing on learning. Prioritizing her learning at certain times of the day was a win-win situation. Learning became more fun, she learned more, and I felt more successful in the home schooling situation.
After she dropped her naps, we started a much more structured quiet time.
To help her stay in her room during quiet time we use this Ok To Wake Clock. I set the “nap” timer for an hour and a half, and during that time she has to stay in her room. Each day the quiet time activities are different. Some days she’ll do some free art, or play with some playdoh. She’ll spend a lot of time flipping through specific quiet time books as well. I give her a snack halfway through quiet time, which was helped encourage her to stay in her room and not wander out.
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