As homeschool moms, we have lots of responsibilities. Making a list of everything that’s required of us could easily fill a page. The guilt we feel when we drop the ball is just as big.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried lots of schedules, used printable checklists, and even stayed up late trying to make it all happen each day. Balancing everything can be exhausting and frustrating.
So how do we get it all done and do it well? How can we balance everything required in a homeschool life? Get ready for some life changing advice as I share my big secret to balancing everything and getting it all done as a homeschool mom.
Everything Required In The Life Of A Homeschooler
It’s a lot! I could go on and on about all the things we feel like we need to do and all the different steps, but let’s boil it all down to the absolute basics. If you’re a homeschooler, you’re juggling at least three balls: homeschooling, feeding your family, managing your home.
That’s the bare minimum required of a homeschooler. In truth, there’s a lot more we could add to that list. Managing social relationships, religious obligations, caring for aging parents, and all kinds of extra responsibilities could be included in what’s required of you each day.
As moms, we try to do it all. We strive to be successful wives, moms, homeschoolers, and more. We see social media photos and feel guilty when we don’t measure up to the impossible ideals.
When we manage to do all the things, we feel tired, overwhelmed, and cranky. The truth is, we can’t do it all. Trying to do everything usually results in doing nothing well, so we have to find a balance.
A quick google search will result in all kinds of suggestions, printable checklists, and guides to balancing “all the things” each day. But what actually works? Is there a way to get it all done?
Is Balance Really The Goal in Our Homeschools?
The short answer is no. Balancing “all the things” isn’t helpful because it’s not really possible. If you get everything done, nothing gets done well.
In order to do one or two things really well, something suffers. That’s the honest truth. We can’t really balance everything successfully day in and day out. Trying to balance everything will leave you exhausted, cranky, and frustrated. That’s not helpful for anyone.
Is there a way to be successful that’s more realistic and attainable? Of course! Keep reading to discover my secret to doing it well, instead of doing it all.
What’s Better Than Trying To Balance It All?
If trying to balance it all is unrealistic and will only leave you frustrated and exhausted, what’s the alternative? What’s better than doing it all?
Here’s how I approach my homeschool days in a way that leads to real success without leaving me feeling drained and guilty at the end of the day. Instead of juggling housework, meal prep, and homeschool (plus my blog, college courses, and other responsibilities) every day in a futile effort to keep all the balls in the air…
I let one ball drop. There, I said it. Accept that you can’t do all the things every day and allow yourself to let something slide. The real secret is not to let the same ball drop two days in a row.
That’s my big secret to success as a homeschool mom. If you adopt this method, you won’t get all the things done every day. However, you will get most of them done and throughout the week you’ll be more successful and less stressed overall.
If you let the housework go on Monday, make sure you take care of some household chores on Tuesday. If you have a lot of cleaning to do Tuesday, break out the crockpot or takeout menus to save time and mental work on meal prep. It’s like a loop schedule for life!
That’s my big secret. I use a loop schedule for life and just like in homeschooling, it means I get to everything (or most things) throughout the week. However, I don’t do it all every day. It’s simple advice and it has been life changing for me.
Are you currently trying to balance it all in your homeschool mom life? What has been successful for you as you work to manage your many responsibilities? Do you also loop schedule your life? Share your struggles and secrets to success in the comments, and we can all learn from one another.