If you’re self-isolating right now or with the schools finally closing you find yourself at home all day, every day with your kids, then you might be wondering how on earth you’re going to make it through the coming weeks alive, let alone sane!
Let’s face it, this is NOT just another school holiday. You can’t take the kids to the playcentre, to the shops, to the library or even out to eat. And if you need to get some much-needed time to yourself, you can’t drop them off at your mum’s or in laws for a few hours (or the night!) either.
Maybe you’re even having to work from home, your husband is or you’re a single supermum. Whatever your situation, chances are if you’re reading this, you’re desperate to find a way to manage it all.
And that’s where a schedule becomes the superhero you never knew you needed.
Why you need a schedule
Every successful establishment runs on routine, schedules and timetables. It creates order, calm and direction while reducing chaos, stress and added difficulty.
Children thrive on routine – knowing what is happening next really helps them cooperate, they know what to expect, there are no sudden surprises, they’re comfortable and at ease.
And if you have a lot to juggle in your life, a schedule is going to be invaluable, as every hour in your day is precious and must be utilised in a way that ensures overall balance for yourself and your family.
Without planning how you will spend your time, you will waste it, lose focus, lose composure and lose control.
But I’m a free spirit!
I know a lot of people hate any sort of rigidity. I’m one of them. I resented schedules for years and would insist to my super-organised other half that I did NOT need one.
Needless to say, 10 years of home-schooling and 4 spirited children later, the humble schedule has become my saviour.
Implementing a schedule does not have to mean boxing your life into organised rigid compartments of time. Implementing a schedule does not need to mean you give up your freedom and become bound to a carefully structured plan either.
Schedules NOT Timetables
The difference with the schedules I create to manage my time and responsibilities and the timetables strictly adhered to at schools, colleges and universities, is that I allow for flexibility.
Flexibility is King.
A schedule is simply crafting a plan to meet the needs of yourself and those you’re responsible for.
It can be as simple or as complex, structured or as flexible as you like.