|The Oregon Garden Homeschool Day.|
Two people forgot their cameras, so cell phone photos will have to suffice.
|Gorgeous fall day!|
I'm not sure if this bit of information will make you gasp in surprise or roll your eyes knowingly.
I heart spreadsheets. I just do. I have made spreadsheets to organize my schedule and various other projects for ages. You can sit and do pretty much nothing and feel very productive because you made a spreadsheet. You can make anything seem simple and conquerable by putting it in a spreadsheet, and you can add colors to
|Hobbit hole at The Oregon Gardens|
Here is a screenshot of the giant spreadsheet I use to record what we actually do. I make notes on my calendar (sometimes) about what I plan to do, but nothing goes in this spreadsheet until it actually happens. I never ever print this because it's a monster, but I could if I had to for mud-scape justification purposes. (Ok, wait, hold on. I have to google "how to put a screenshot in your blog post". Ah, there we go.)
I realize this is too small to read, and if you reeeally want to see my plans I can send you the whole gigantic file, but this photo is just to give you an idea of how I keep track. I record what we do as the day goes along, because if I try to remember yesterday, I'm sunk. I modified the file from something I found online for public school teachers, but of course I can no longer find the source. I do still have that original file, so contact me if you want it. I like the tabs across the bottom, so an entire year stays all together in a reasonably clear format. I used this document all of last year too, so it's been thoroughly tested here.
As I mentioned earlier, I use Outlook to organize my day-to-day schedule, including a routine for lessons. I have tasks in there too set to reoccur on a weekly, etc, basis. The too-bad part about that is that they stack up in red on the side when I don't do them.
This sample is nice because it doesn't have many outside appointments or trips or other things that throw everything off-kilter. I do print this every week, and then
So there you go. These are the two main pieces that I use to keep all the balls spinning.
In case you are wondering, Chickapalooza (up there in purple) is our church's women's retreat, and I am GOING.