During this trying time its hard to stay focused on your usual everyday tasks. If your home is anything like mine, its definitely a change to the routine.
I’m temporarily out of work, the kids are home (possibly for the rest of the school year) and my oldest has shifted to doing an online learning plan. With all these changes to our daily routine, I still have a business to stay on top of.
I’ve been a stay at home mom since becoming a mom, so I’m used to the kids being home when they aren’t in school. My son usually goes to prekindergarten for a few hours a day during the week.
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We were able to borrow a computer from our school department so my daughter could stay connected to her teachers. This has been a great asset for her to have, and it makes me think of what the less fortunate families are going through without access to technology.
Back when I was 18, my major in college was education. If I hadn’t had the three semesters of the education courses back then, I’d probably be up a creek without a paddle right now. I’ve even been able to give her real life applications of what she’s reading and doing in her lessons. Just the other day I had her adding fractions by filling up a measure cup with water, and helping me cook.
With my son, I’ve been having him stay on top of his numbers and letters of the alphabet so he’s ready for kindergarten in the fall. In all honesty, I haven’t been putting as much effort into his school work as I have been with my daughter’s.
Ideally, I try to get the bulk of business related work, school work, and household duties done before lunch. With this schedule it gives me (and the kids) a break to do our own things in the afternoon. Some days are easier than others.
We’re all still adjusting to what works best for all of us. The kids are also starting to see that I just don’t sit around and crochet all day and that a bulk of my work is on the computer and networking with other designers and crochet business owners.
We have a pretty lax schedule.
- Wake up anywhere between 7:00/ 8:00 AM
- Breakfast and morning reading
- School work / Business Computer work 9:00 – 12:00
- Playtime/Screen time and any other work I need to do 1:00 – 3:30
- Clean-up time and dinner prep 4:00 – 5:00
- Family movie time/showers/get ready for bed
- Bed 8:30 PM
We’ve barely left the house in the three weeks that the schools here in Massachusetts have been closed. We might run errands such as going to their school to pick up learning packets, to the bank, or the pharmacy, but the kids don’t leave the car and we practice social distancing.
When the weather is nicer I try to get them to go outside and play. Its been raining (and even snowing) the last week so its been a little tough. I’m going to try to add in a daily walk into our routine when the weather is nice, keyword try. Maybe even get them nice and dirty while doing work out in the yard and garden.
I just did a review of my business goals from the last three months. I didn’t meet my initial goals but I came close. When planning out my goals for the next quarter, I took into consideration that my kids might not be going back to school for the remainder of the school year.
If we continue with our routine now, maybe with a few tweaks, I think we can make it the next six months until school starts again in September.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts, including my designing process.
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