I am currently reading a book called Managers of Their Homes: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families by Steven and Teri Maxwell. The Maxwell’s are a homeschooling family with eight children. They have quite an amazing approach to scheduling life. They have a website www.Titus2.com
I am working with a few other women who are all in the midst of attempting to create incredible, working schedules for life. The ideas shared in this book so far are very practical…and a bit daunting for me at times. What I realize is that the schedule will provide a framework for my family and within that framework I will likely find the freedom within the schedule to complete some of the tasks that never get done or to complete some of the fun projects I have ben meaning to do all year and haven’t yet.
So, here is what I have done so far…I have written down every task that I complete during the day (at least to the best of recollection) and assigned a time to each task. The time is not a time of day, rather the time I think it takes to complete each task. I have also created a list like this for each of my children. These lists become the framework for the schedule. It may sound complicated, however I think it is worth looking at. If for no other reason than to take into account all of the things we as a family do during the day – from grooming, to schoolwork, prayer and devotions, meals together, activities outside, etc. By creating the list I have so far, I can see that I do not necessarily have enough hours in the day for all the things I have listed. Ahhh unrealistic expectations…something has to give.
I have also created a “wish list” of sorts to remind myself of those fun things I want to do each week! A weekly hike, art projects that require time and energy, correspondence, reading books for my own pleasure, giving myself a facial or pedicure, painting, practicing the guitar, etc. Then I have a list of tasks that I see all around me that are never getting accomplished (this is the “not-so-fun-but-necessary-list”). This list will be worked into the schedule somehow, like cleaning the grout throughout the house, cleaning the top of the fridge, paint touch ups, etc.
There is a little part of me that thinks this process is overwhelming and yet I am hoping to give my whole family a real visual picture of what we do and when we do it. I love the idea and we will see how far we take this.
Father, continue to create in me the desire to be purposeful and intentional in all that I do. I want to be a woman with a plan, a woman of purpose, and a woman full of passion for You and for my family, for the nations and for your Kingdom.
A wise woman builds her house, a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1