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Posted on: 02/01/2010

Orgnaization to me is a foreign concept. I have never been able to get properly organized. I love to make lists. I have lists for everything, it just doesn’t all get done. I found a great website while looking for something the other day. The website is List Planit. I purchased 2 of her planners and I just love the home organizational one. I am currently working on them. You get them in a pdf file that you can type in and then print. I cannot wait to start using them.

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I have heard that it takes 21 to form a habit. That means that it should take 21 days to get a routine down pat, right? So today is going to be day 1. We are going to get a routine down. Hopefuly we will stick with it. I say hopefully because every fiber in my body rebels against a schedule. Every fiber wants to go with the flow. I have 3 little guys who are completely different when it comes to a routine. Dragon would thrive on a routine, as long as he could set it. Tracker needs a much slower and laid back routine. He needs time to just be there. Squirrel could take it or leave it.  What I am going to do is start with a morning routine. I figure that is a great place to start.

According to zenhabits here are some guideline to establishing a routine:

The key steps to establishing routines are to:

  1. Do one habit only. Too many people try to do multiple habits at once, which nearly guarantees failure. You need to choose one for this month, and give it your complete focus. You can always do the others in subsequent challenges.
  2. Start small. Many people also try to bite off more than they can chew. That’s natural — people get enthusiastic. What you want to do is to set as your goal something very easily achievable, somthing you know you can do. If you do this, you will be successful. If you get too ambitious, you will likely fail.
  3. Report often. Each day, there is a daily check-in thread on the forum for people to report their successes and failures. I suggest you check in daily, or as close to daily as possible, so you are accountable to the group. This is a virtual guarantee of some success, especially coupled with the above two guidelines.

Interested in joining the August Challenge? Sign up on the Zen Habits forums!

I like the idea of using blocks instead of times for scheduling like this.

Do you have a routine in your household? Is it strict or go with the flow type?


After reading a post over at Athena Academy about daily quotes, I thought that it was a great idea. I went looking for some to incorporate in our school day. Here are some of the wonderful ones that I found.

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.’Les Brown

‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’. Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live there.’ Sioux Indian saying

I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.
— Chinese Proverb

It’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers — they help us to learn.
— John Bradshaw

We are still masters of our fate.

We are still captains of our souls.

~~Winston Churchill

Do you have any favorite quotes?

Quotes courtesy of :


The Really Big List of Educational Quotes

Famous Quotes: Educational Quotes for the 21st Century

At various times this week, I have had this question in my head. I have tried to set a schedule, but I think that should be  a 4 letter word. I have ditched it in hopes that a less rigid routine would be better. That way the children knew what to expect, but it wasn’t set in stone. This was working, until this week. We were just going, going, going, and oh going again. Yesterday was the very first time that we have just stayed at home. We did not get everything done that I would of liked to this week. Heck, we barely did school. I struggle with this.  We had dental appointments on Monday & Wednesday, swimming & P.E. on Tuesday, Swimming and park day on Thursday and finally on Friday we had homeschool open swim and some running around to do.

I know that my children do better when they have a schedule or a routine to follow. They don’t ask what can I do? They do not spend as much time on the computer, video games or watching TV.  I also noticed that they did great some days where there was no schedule, but acted out on others.

I am sure that it was just the result of  an extremely busy week. It might not be busy for you, but for us that was a lot.  By the end of the week I just said well life was school. I know that it will not always be that way.  This coming week it will be a little bit less hectic. I will only need to be out of the house on 2 days. I am very excited and hopeful that the week will go a little bit better.

Do you have a routine or a schedule?

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