Consistency gurus always get me down. That is when they’re not making me feel like an automaton.
“Wake up early every day.” “Work out / meditate / read / write first thing in the morning.” Continue for forty years.
If that is the measure of success, I’m afraid I’ll never reach it.
Life isn’t Consistent
I realized the idea of daily consistency was insane when I came to the conclusion that as a family we tend to eat way more on the weekends. We also tend to be out of the home visiting friends or doing things on the weekends as well. And no one (least of all, me!) wants to cook.
So I designated a day late in the week as a a big cooking day. We do no school on that day. We pretty much do nothing else except cooking and laundry.
This one day makes our week look ridiculously lopsided. But it’s the only way our life works smoothly.
Scheduling: Still a Good Idea, If It Works
I write much about scheduling and using a template to organize your homeschool and overall it is a good idea to have a vision. But trying to stick to daily consistency is a recipe to make yourself feel guilty and burnt out in no time.
Nothing, but nothing in nature is that consistent. (Okay, yes, the sunrise. But I’m not the sun.) Or we’d all still be mowing our lawns in the winter. So why do we insist on it from our schedules?
Instead, find out if you’re one of those people who thrives on a routine and how best to work with your personality. Take the time to find out your children’s personalities. And then craft the ideal homeschool.
Unless you want to buy into that waking up at five a.m. to work out for forty years advice. In that case, rinse and repeat.