She had that peculiar gift of organization – the one I wish I had, but never will.
She was so organized, her clothes were organized by colors and shades – from darkest to lightest AND she ironed her under-garments. Yes, she was pretty anal! :)
Except for the rare individual upon whom the envious gift of effortless organization has been bestowed, for most people, organization takes work.
Although my friend was a little extreme in her organizing efforts, she did teach me a few things about organization, as I worked day in and day out with her.
Make a Plan
My friend knew what she was going to accomplish each day. She knew how to arrange her list into what was most important and grouped activities together to accomplish more. She had a plan.
When it comes to homeschool organization, you also need a system or a plan. You need to be mindful of the big picture - your family's personal or educational goals.
You need to know what you want, or need to accomplish each day, to reach your goals.
Because each family is unique, your homeschool plan will look different than mine. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa.
Create a Schedule
My organized friend had a schedule. She woke up each day at the same time and went to bed at the same time every night.
To create the best learning environment for your family and achieve homeschool organization success, you need to have some kind of schedule for your home school day.
Even if you are a more relaxed homeschooler, having a routine brings peace and familiarity. Your kids will know what to expect each day and become more organized themselves.
Becoming organized takes a conscience effort – sometimes, each moment of the day, at first. But with any new behavior, staying organized becomes easier with time.
I don’t think my friend was ever lazy. She always put back things in the right place and took the time needed to do things right the first time. She rarely lost anything. She also wasted less time and, probably money too.
I can’t tell you how many things we have had to re-purchase, because we couldn’t find what we were looking for. :(
Choose the Right Tools
My friend also invested in the proper tools to help her organizing obsession! She carried around a day-timer, a pen, a watch and constantly made lists. She enjoyed crossing off completed tasks – I think she felt a sense of accomplishment.
Homeschool organizing activities like scheduling and home school record keeping are definitely easier when you find a system, or product that’s right for you.
Remember... a homeschooling record-keeping product that works for someone else, may not work for you!
Consistency Brings Success
Organization doesn't come overnight. For me, becoming more organized took consistency.
I watched my friend and applied what I learned to my life (minus the ironing of my underwear and color coding my closet) to become more organized. It took time for me to develop new habits.
The same principles apply to homeschool organization. You may not ever reach perfection, but consistently taking the necessary steps towards becoming more organized, will help you accomplish more, feel more in control of your homeschooling journey and find success.
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