There are 168 hours in the week. Once we take out hours for sleeping and eating, my goal this school year has been to use the remaining hours well. So what does this look like?
I think for our family, it means making good use of rhythm. Rhythm is an important part of strength for individuals and in the family at all times, but I have found it even more important this year as I am working toward regaining my health and with having three children in very different levels to work with in homeschooling.
The main parts to rhythm for our family are-
- Rest and sleep – we don’t skimp here and will cancel things in order to rest!
- Warming meals – I usually prep food by roasting large pans of veggies, making salad that will last several days, batch cooking any meat. We connect over our meals together and eat three times a day together most days of the week.
- Movement, play and FUN- movement and play is super important, so that is a priority. Play and movement most often happens outside for us, so we can lap up the Vitamin D and being in nature.
- Work in nurturing our home (aka, chores) but also creating beautiful things to make our home lovely. Many of the chores I work around school times, bath times (ie, clean the bathroom while one child is showering, pick up downstairs before dinner whilst things are cooking)
- School is important as well, but overall health is the greatest priority.
- Outside activities
Something that really has shifted for me over the past few years was a realization that I was essentially spending only one to two hours a week on me in a conscious way. Sure, there was the downtime after everyone went to bed but there was very little conscious thought about things for myself and if there were things for myself, inevitably something else needed my attention and what I planned to do for myself was tossed to the wayside and cancelled.
So, deciding to spend up to 10 percent of the 168 hours on ME was quite a perception-changing event. That’s 16 -17 hours a week?!! I could focus on my own health for 16-17 hours a week? What would that look like? Where would those hours come from? Would it only happen at midnight (Hahaha)? What would I do with those gift of hours? Right now I am mainly spending those hours in medical appointments and in physical activity, but I can see things expanding in the future!
Prepping is VITAL to making the best use of our 168 hours. You can see below for what it looks like for us. I am actually reluctant to put it out there. Some will be aghast and say it is too much out of the home. Remember, when all my children were under 14/15 years old, we homeschooled most mornings and went out only in the afternoons. Now it is much more chaotic with the addition of outside classes for our high school junior that are all over the place in addition to having two horses to help care for, but this is real life, and I want to be transparent as to how homeschooling evolves the older children get! We also have three out of five of us in our family who are extroverts, and need time to connect with community and other people!
So, this is how we do it, and what it looks like for us! Take what works for you and your family and leave the rest behind!
Mondays – (Crockpot meal) (Laundry)
- Homeschool third grader at barn whilst older two are in lessons
- Come home and finish third grader and homeschool eighth grader
- Eleventh grader has outside class/third grader and mommy at park in sunshine/eighth grader homework
- Music lesson for third grader with Dad; Rest for everyone else
- Yoga at night for the mommy
Tuesdays – (Fast grilled meal/roasted veggies/salad)(Laundry)(Vaccum)
- Waldorf homeschool enrichment program for eighth and third graders
- Homeschool during this time with eleventh grader
- Grocery shopping/Medical appointments as needed after 3:15
- Gym for me at night
- Homeschool all children
- Eleventh grade outside class (park time for third grader or gym time for me or meet a friend out)
- Barn time
- Exercise if didn’t happen earlier or Coffee with friends as able
Thursdays (Crockpot) (Laundry) (Vaccum)(Kitchen)
- Homeschool third grader
- Check in with eighth grader
- Outside class for eleventh and eighth grader
- Music for all/ music plus karate third grader (all in same place) (grocery store/errands for me)
- Barn with Dad as able for eleventh and eighth graders
- Yoga as able
Fridays- (Homemade pizza or breakfast for dinner)(Bathrooms)(produce and egg delivery)
- Homeschool all children
- Medical appointments late morning to early afternoon as needed (chiropractor)
- Possible date night with husband
- Some Fridays are days off with friends or field trip day
Saturdays (Clean house)(Laundry)(Fast cook chicken meal)
- Yoga or gym early morning/ Rest/Barn or something fun with family
- Church/Sunday School
- Rest/Prep for week ahead
- Soccer for third grader
- Eleventh and Eighth Grader Music Rehearsal/Youth Group
Tell me what you do with your 168! Make it count, and most of all, have fun!
Lots of love to you all,