Fail to Plan, Plain to Fail: Part Five

Fail-to-planPart Five, and the final portion of this series written a few years ago, was intended to help us form a ‘master plan’; combining all our previous organization into one agenda which will guide us in our day-to-day activities. No plan is fail proof, but… if you fail to plan, you most certainly plan to fail! 

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Five

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4 thoughts on “Fail to Plan, Plain to Fail: Part Five

  1. I thought I was organized but you put me to shame. I am good at planning homeschool. I have a year-long overview of everything: how many lessons a week of each subject to get done in the time we have (though I schedule some empty weeks so we have review and catch-up should we need it), I have a weekly reading list that lines lines up historical reading choices to the weeks we are studying that subject, etc. But I have never really done a daily schedule for myself or my children. I’m currently planning one because I can see how it will help me stay focused and be more productive. But how do you handle all of the unseen things life throws you?

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    • I don’t know, you certainly sound organized to me!

      Unseen problems and issues always seem to be popping up; don’t they? While it would be great to have a formula in handling all, like most of life, you have to take them as they come. When life throws us a curve ball, we do our best to assess each situation and decide on the best method of attack. Sometimes we stop our learning to handle the situation. (Even non-book activities, illnesses included, can be great growing experiences.) Other times, we simply renegotiate our time to accommodate all of it, but at different spots in our day.

      For us, I get the core subjects out of the way first and foremost. This means we are done by noon; leaving the afternoons for elective material. This also means that, should I really need to renegotiate our time, I am often only dealing with electives and not core material. On those occasions when I do need to move core, such as family concerns or last minute beach days, a quick assessment will tell me when I can catch up on lost work and whether that will be necessary.

      Knowing when you tend to school and how much free time you have during the day, makes these curve balls so much easier. When an unexpected issue pops up, I can assess and understand how much time this is going to take from our day. Do I have time to move things around or do we need to totally revamp our day? If I need to revamp, can my activities be moved to tomorrow or do I need to let them go, understand a greater lesson is currently being taught? Most events can be fit right in, others completely change the day; it just depends.

      Truthfully, sometimes you just have to choose. Which is more important and has to be done now?

      But, as an old cartoon used to tell me as a kid, “Knowing is half the battle!” 🙂

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