Just over twenty years ago I wrote my first homeschooling workshop for conventions. It was a three-part series titled “Helps for Homeschooling Moms—Prioritizing, Organizing, and Scheduling.” And guess what the first thing in the first session was (the Prioritizing one)? Yep—it was about getting rid of perfectionism!
In a previous podcast episode called Simplified Menu Planning, I encouraged listeners to not overthink meal planning. (You may listen to that episode here.)
In this audio, I described how my original freezer cooking, in which I plugged all of my entrees into categories (based on meat types), led me to look at meal planning in a more simplified way. I made my master list of most of the entrees that I fix under each category, and then I can see what meats are on sale, scan my master entrée list, and choose meals to make.
When we set out to teach our children how to be diligent, we sometimes overlook the self-checking that needs to happen in our own lives. “Of course, I’m diligent. I work all day and barely have a break!” OR “I know I’m diligent because I’m busy all the time.” Unfortunately, neither of these scenarios is a benchmark for diligence.
One of my longest standing workshops for moms is an audio set called Helps for Homeschooling Moms. It is a three-part series that begins with “Prioritizing” for one hour then “Organizing” for one hour then “Scheduling” for one hour. (As a matter of fact, just yesterday a FB friend posted and tagged me in her old cassette version of this audio set, telling me and my FB friends how much she learned from that set many years ago. What a joy to see that!)
“Procrastinator? No. I just wait until the last second to do my work because I will be older, therefore, wiser.”
“I got so much procrastination done today!”
“I’m not a procrastinator. I just prefer to do all my work in a deadline-induced panic.”
“I’m a huge procrastinator….but that’s okay! At least I’m a pro at something!”
“I’m very busy doing things I don’t need to do in order to avoid doing anything I’m actually supposed to be doing.”
“Nothing makes a person more productive than the last ten minutes.”
“Why do today what I could put off until tomorrow?”
What to do every day? What to do first? What can wait until later? My list is too long! I can’t possibly get this all done. Defeat. Throwing in the towel. Just let it all wait until tomorrow (or the next day or the next or never).
Enter systems. (I know…I say that all the time!)