It is with anticipation that I step into the shower every morning.
I have found it is my favorite time to think. It is the time when the best ideas come to me: ideas about this blog or books I am writing.
The shower is an excellent time, I have found, to plan my day or just listen to podcasts which give me motivation, infuse strength and a certain creativity into my life.
The Link Between Imagination & Planning
I like my days well-planned. In fact, I have three planners I use regularly – a blog planner, a to-d0 list and a journal. The routine etched out in these keep my days from moving forward smoothly. I wake up at the same time everyday and go to bed at approximately the same time.
I work with templates.
There is some truth, after all, to the Platonic idea that you can’t create something unless you have conceived it in your mind first. Jim Rohn in The Art of Exceptional Living says that if you’re laying bricks and someone asks you what you’re building and you say, “Well, I don’t know yet. Guess we’ll see what comes of it!” people will assume you’re crazy.
There must be a plan with some structure to build something worthwhile. But there cannot be a plan without imagination.
I like the tension between those. I tend to believe that all the greatness of the world is contained in that tension.
Why Should You Care?
I have written much about planning a good homeschooling day. My new book is in fact about crafting your own curriculum in a way that fits with your family and your individual personality.
You should care about this tenuous relationship between imagination and planning – the almost oxymoronic nature of it – because it’s central to your homeschooling. How you think of this can make the difference between thoroughly enjoying educating your children and hating the routine and rigidity of teaching them from a boxed curriculum.