Daily Lists for Homeschool Moms

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Long-term and short-term goals are great to have as you move forward in life, as long as you are using daily lists.  However, these longer term goals can sometimes be philosophical, not very practical or measurable.  I want to share a strategy I use to plan my week & days.

A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set of goals. By doing this you will be always in the position of going towards you life plan goals. Everyday will give you the opportunity to fulfill a certain goal giving you the feeling of accomplishment.

to do list

First, create a “to-do” list for today and the next day and the next! Every morning I keep a blank piece of paper next to me as I read my Bible.  When ideas or tasks pop into my head, I write them down.  When I finish my quiet time, I evaluate my list, comparing it to my weekly goals.

When I get to mid-afternoon, I sometimes have a brain-drain!  I can’t remember what I am suppose to do that day.  All I have to do is find my list and see what hasn’t been crossed off.  It’s a great memory tool as my mind forgets viagra mastercard.

Always review your plans and prepare for contingencies.

As a mom, you know there is always a need for contingencies.  When my oldest was born, I heard that moms should list “to do” tasks on multiple days.  If you don’t get a task done the first day it is listed, you still have time to complete it on the next day.  AND…you don’t feel guilty for taking 2-3 days to complete a task and ultimately fulfill your goals.

This is the first week of January and many of you will be more relaxed with your schedule, whether or not you homeschool.  It is the PERFECT TIME to set goals for 2012.

Get some blank paper and start planning.

You will be glad you did!

Setting Goals Strategies: Putting Goals Into Action

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Here are some pointers that should be taken into consideration in setting goals and achieving them.  I’ve marked resources for some of these areas for you to study further.

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1. Prayer and Bible reading play a very big role in setting and achieving your goals.

You must ask yourself if there is anything in your goals that does not follow God’s Word.  If so, your plans will turn into disarray! If you are unsure about your goals, spend time on your knees praying for God’s direction for you and your family.   Otherwise you will always miss your mark.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the cousel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord
And in His law he meditates day & night.
Psalm 1:1-2

2.  Education is key in achieving your goals

If your goals require you to have a certain kind of knowledge, make plans in getting the appropriate knowledge and education.  Set aside a specific time each day to work towards that education.  I usually try to read at least one hour per day to educate myself so I can mentor my children to be great leaders.
Raising-Leaders.com is a good resource for moms who want to continue their own education or provide an education for your kids to become leaders.

3.  Many of you desire to quit your job and work at home. 

If working at home so you can gain freedom for you and your family is a goal of yours, write it down.  Or, maybe you want your teens to have a choice between working for themselves or for someone else.  Wherever you sense God leading, write it down!  Begin researching how you can set up a family business so you can eventually replace your day job.
Avoid mistakes of Self-Employed Business people
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4.  Your family should never be left out of your plans.

At the end of this week, write down the goals you have drafted.  Share these with your spouse and discuss the pros/cons of each goal.  Be sure both parents are in agreement with the goals you have set.  If not, go to God and pray for his wisdom.  He may want you to submit to your husband’s direction.  Continue to pray about the difference, but be sure you are always submitting to your hubby.  God will reward you for this.

Steve & I planned our goals for 2012, just last week.  This past Monday, we reviewed our goals and how we would start implementing this week.

5.  Personal, financial situations also play a major role in achieving your goals.

Have a realistic goal on how much you really want/need to earn. Look at the debt you have accumulated and develop a plan to reduce debt. You also must be able to create plans or stages by which you will be able to reach your earning potential.

6.  Goals for Health & Fitness

We live in a society that spends most of its time in front of a screen (TV screen, computer screen, movie screen).  We must “make the time” to keep our bodies physically fit.  Jot down goals to exercise, eat healthy and enjoy your family through games and play.  If you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen.

7.  Physically gifted children may be able to achieve sports related goals…

…like playing for the local homeschool basketball team or high school football team.  Determining your children’s physical capabilities should be one of your priorities. Sports are a great way for your children to learn character lessons and grow in Christ.  But, you must be careful to guard your family time so that sports doesn’t become the highest priority in your family.  In other words, don’t forsake family time and family devotions for too many basketball and softball games.

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8.  Plan for Relaxation

As the saying goes -’All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ is by all means true down to the last the letter. Giving yourself a little pleasure should be included into your plans.  Plan this year to get away with your spouse for at least one weekend.  Begin planning now…get the grandparents to watch your children.

The above discussion sums up the categories you can use to prepare your goals:  Spiritual, Education, Family, Financial, Health-Fitness, Career/Job.

It is best to have some very long-term goals (20+ years), but to start right now, I’d suggest 5 year goals and 1 year goals in each of these areas.  Then break these down to 6 month plans then monthly plans, then weekly, then daily.

Goal Setting for Moms: Easier Said, More Easily Done

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As you embark upon a new year, many of you will take some time for goal setting.  That’s a fantastic idea and exercise.  Goal setting is an open secret known by top-caliber athletes, successful businessmen and businesswomen, as well as high achievers. This definitely includes moms at home!  You have the most important job of raising the leaders of tomorrow, so be prepared by setting and achieving your goals – both for you and your children.

goal setting

The basics of setting goals give you focus as a Mom focus each day.  Goals also provide short-term and long-term motivation as you plan your day, week and month. The goals I set also help me organize my time and resources so I will stay focused.  This allows me time and resources to educate myself and share that new-found knowledge with my children.

WHY SET GOALS?

You may be saying to yourself, why do I need to set any goals?  God will show me what to do each day and I rest in Him.  You have discovered a great truth as you rest in your faith and this is necessary as you follow God’s direction.  BUT, setting clearly defined short-term and long-term goals will enable you to measure your progress as you raise your children and grow in Christ.  As you achieve your goals, you will be motivated to follow God.

Where there is no vision, the people perish
Proverbs 29:18

God says it Himself…without a vision (or goal) you will perish.  You need goals to reach.  Goals in the spiritual, emotional, physical & relationship realm.

Don’t you feel great when you cross something off your list?
I sure do!

It’s the same way with goals.  As you complete short-term goals, you begin to see accomplishment that leads to the actual realization of your final goals.

Do you ever go through the day, feeling like you’re not sure what else needs to be done or feeling like you wasted your day away?  Goals eliminate that feeling of a long and pointless grind.

What Is Your One Word For 2012?

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I’ve thought about this for awhile and am having a hard time coming up with just “one” word to sum up my 2012 new years resolution.  I keep trying to decide between Faith & Focus.  My friend, Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, suggested I hyphenate those words as faith-focus. So, I’m going with “faith-focus” for 2012.

Why Faith – Focus?

God has truly challenged me to grow in my faith these past few months.  I feel as though the last several years have not been very deep in faith.  Since my gift is service, I have found ways to serve those around me.  I know this is part of growing, but I really want to deepen my relationship with Him.

I just finished reading Lou Holtz’ biography. (For those of you who are not sports enthusiasts, like myself, Holtz is one of the most winning coaches in college football).  Holtz shared that his wife spent an hour a day in prayer.  I remember spending more time in prayer when I was single and am challenged to do so again.  So, I am publicly stating that I want to grow my faith by spending more time in prayer with my Lord.

lou holtz

Another lesson I learned from Lou Holtz is about prayer.  Lou & his wife prayed before accepting a new coaching position (and he moved alot in his career – 11 moves in 43 years).  He mentions this throughout his book.  When he was released from University of Arkansas, he was asked to visit Minnesota the very next day.  Minnesota offered him the head coaching position.  When he returned to the hotel with his wife and kids, they could not decide if this was the right move.  So, Lou told everyone to go & pray for 30 mintues.  They would come back together in 30 minutes and  make a decision at that time.  In their family meeting they all came together with peace that God wanted them to move to Minnesota.  What an example of prayer.

Not only do I need to grow in my faith, I need to stay focused on what’s most important.  I can talk all day long about priorities and organization.  I can even make daily lists and get LOTS accomplished.  However, many times I wonder if I’m accomplishing the right things.

Back in October I listed 3 goals I wanted to accomplish by February.  I posted those goals next to stay focused.  I have so many ideas in my head that I want to accomplish, so I can get sidetracked.  The other activities are good, but not always the best.  Posting those goals in a place I saw it everyday reminded me of what is important.

I’ll let you know that I am right on track to finish my 3 goals.  Two are already done & the last one will be finished this month.

This week, I’ll be posting my 3 goals for 2012 next to my desk.  I will see them every day.  I might even post them in the kitchen because I spend lots of time in the kitchen.

How will I decide what my 3 goals will be?

I’ll be sharing some ideas on goal setting over the next few days.  In the meantime, I will start with “prayer”.  I will be praying all week to decide exactly what direction God wants me to go in 2012.  I’ll post those goals next to my desk and I will continue to pray for God’s guidance on a daily basis.

Having said that, I am not so rigid that I might not make a change this summer…if & only if I pray about it.  I want to stay in tune with Him this year… Faith – Focus for 2012

How about you?  

What is your word for 2012?

Post a comment.  I will randomly choose one to receive my ebook, Let’s Get Organized.  You have until Friday, Jan 6 to leave your word for 2012.  Once you leave your comment, enter again by clicking FB like or tweeting.  Just use the buttons above this post to fb or tweet.

Thanksgiving: In Time for the Holidays

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Tristie Fisher shares what you & I need to hear about BEFORE the holidays…FORGIVENESS!  This is extremely convicting and ENCOURAGING as you prepare for the holidays, specifically Thanksgiving!

It’s worth your 10 minutes to watch this video on facebook…
Forgiveness (On facebook)

Or read about forgiveness on her blog
Forgiveness on Tristie’s blog

There is so much stress during the holidays that it is imperative you forgive QUICKLY!

Monday Meal: Halloween Snacks

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Get ready for Halloween with these fun sandwich snacks!

Dead Man’s Finger Sandwich – http://www.parenting.com/article/spooky-finger-food-sandwiches

Here are a few more Halloween snacks!

Monstrous Mummy Cupcakes – http://www.parenting.com/article/monstrous-mummy-halloween-cupcakes

 

 

 

 

Halloween Jello recipe

Slimy Jell-O Snacks – http://www.parenting.com/article/slimy-jell-o-snacks

 

 

ghost marshmallows

Ghostly  Goodies – http://www.parenting.com/article/ghostly-goodies

 

Hope you enjoy these fun, spooky Halloween treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Actvities – Labor Day

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Labor Day is coming up. Many people don’t know why we celebrate Labor Day. So here is a little background and then some activities you can do with the kids!

On the first Monday in September, we honor the labor force in America. Peter J. McGuire, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, initiated the idea for Labor Day to celebrate the American worker. The first celebration of this holiday included a parade in New York City on Sept 5, 1882. It become an official holiday on June 28, 1894. It is a day to pay tribute to the creator of so much of our nation’s strength , freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

1. Careers: Talk to you children about the importance of various occupations and careers. Ask them to think about what would happen if some of the important behind-the-scenes jobs went unfilled. Encourage them to talk about what they would like to do when they grow up.

2. Play Tools of the Trade with your children. Give two clues that describe the tools or equipment used in a specific vocation, for example, seeds and tractor for farmer. Keep giving one clue at a time until the right answer is guessed.

3. No-Work Dinner: Tear off a 20″ length of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Grease one side with margarine. Break up 1/4-pound of ground beef into small chunks, and place it on greased foil. Next place a layer of carrots and potatoes, sliced very thin, on the beef. Sprinkle beef and vegetables with half a package of dry onion soup mix, and top with three pats of margarine. Fold foil over the food, and secure it tightly. Then fold over each end tightly so the juices won’t run out. Place the foil packet directly on hot coals for 10 minutes. Turn the foil packet over carefully, and cook for another 10 minutes. Unfold foil, and eat right out of it. Make one for each person in your family.

Fall Activities – Grandparent’s Day

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Grandparent’s Day is this Sunday. Here are some fun activities for the kids to do and give to Grandma and Grandpa.

In 1979, this day was officially set aside to honor grandparents. It’s a day when we help children become aware of the strength, wisdom and guidance of older people. It’s also a time for grandparents to show love for their grandchildren. Your family can adopt grandparents if yours are deceased or live far away.

1. Write a family newsletter to send to Grandma and Grandpa. Each family member can contribute information about his or her activities.

2. Fill a small picture album with photos of your family from the past summer and send it to the grandparents. Add captions and descriptions underneath the photos so that the grandparents are able to know what the kids are doing.

3. Make homemade cards and allow each child to write a note inside to Grandma and Grandpa

Summer Activities – Tie Dye in Reverse

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The reverse technique was discovered after I accidentally spilled some bleach on my son’s wadded-up navy socks. After experimenting with a grubby T-shirt and jeans, we decided the process and results were just as fun as the traditional tie dyeing. And we added some pizzazz and character to otherwise worn-out clothing along the way! For safety’s sake, kids should do the tying , while an adult handles the bleach and water solution.

You will need:

  • 100% cotton, colored T-shirts, jeans, or socks
  • Liquid chlorine bleach
  • Rubber bands and string
  • Large bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wooden spoon or stirring stick

Have kids scrunch portions of the fabric into little balls, binding them tightly with rubber bands. Or, fold the fabric accordion-style and tie it tightly together at intervals with string. An adult wearing rubber gloves then places the tied garments into the bleach solution — a bucket of hot water plus two cups of liquid chlorine bleach. Stir the garments occasionally, keeping an eye on the color changes taking place. Add more bleach, if necessary.

When satisfied with the look (the fabric will appear more faded when dry), transfer the garments to your washing machine, add the normal amount of laundry detergent, and run the regular wash and rinse cycle. Then remove the strings and rubber bands and allow the garments to dry.

Summer Activities – Create an Ice Cream Watermelon Dessert

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Kids will have fun making this whimsical dessert from their favorite ingredients. Enjoy the treat at summer gatherings of relatives and friends. You can even eat the seeds in this watermelon!

You will need:

  • 1 plastic lettuce crisper or other oval shaped mold
  • 1 quart lime sherbet
  • 1 quart strawberry or raspberry ice cream or sherbet (if using ice cream, do not use brands with fruit chunks in it)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • lime slices, mint leaves, strawberries, fruit juice, and sparkling mineral water (optional)

Spread lime sherbet along the sides of the lettuce crisper, making a layer about 1″ to 1 1/2″ thick along all sides and leaving a cavity in the center. (This is the rind.) Kids will enjoy smooshing the ice cream around — watch that their hands don’t get too cold. Fill the center cavity with strawberry or raspberry ice cream, adding chocolate chips (the seeds) as you go along. Chill in freezer for at least six hours. When you’re ready to serve, place a warm towel around the mold until the ice cream slips out of the bowl. Place on its side on a serving platter. (It should resemble a watermelon half). Garnish with lime slices, mint leaves, and strawberries. To serve, slice off individual servings, just as you would with real watermelon. For a healthy beverage to go with the dessert, add fresh fruit juice or sparkling mineral water — a nice alternative to sugary soft drinks. ENJOY!

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