Last year in August, I found myself heading back and forth to the store 6 times for school supplies. I love office supplies – new Sharpies (or my new favorite pen), Crayola, journals, binders – this is one of my
happy places danger zones.
The first trip I was armed my list, piled the backpacks, notebooks, colored pencils, etc. high, and paid quite a large sum for such not-long-lasting things, and went home still feeling excited for Back to School.
Then around the first week of September as we got into our language arts, I realized I needed a couple more notebooks.
And 3-ring binders for Bible.
And I still didn’t have a “24oz water bottle” for my daughter.
The back and forth was driving me crazy. I was sick of Back to School by the 2nd week of September.
Procrastination and I are not good friends. I super don’t like feeling overwhelmed – the feeling that I’ve forgotten or lost something. When I have too many things stored in my brain and not on paper – I start to get short and snappish. It isn’t fun to be around me. It isn’t fun to be me.
Have you ever been there? I have.
For me, I’m realizing that Christmas and Back to School are some of the most fun times of the year, but also the busiest. I mean, the lists and all the shopping they demand is enough stress to make me throw up my hands and give up. To not care and not try.
The resources – time, money, energy flowing through my fingers from the stress of getting things together at the last minute. What should be exciting and energizing makes my soul feel weighed down and crushed. And don’t get me wrong I love to buy me some Crayola – I would have 3 sets of every product they sell if I had unlimited resources.
Last August, after what felt like the hundredth trip to the store, I developed a weird connection between how much I loved my child and whether they had the best name brand water bottle for school. That’s when I knew something was wrong in my spirit, and I had waited too long to get ready for going back to school.
Waiting until the last minute, or doing a whole bunch of preparing all at once isn’t good for my soul. The rush, the pressure, the money, the panic to do-everything-right weighs me down and I don’t make wise choices under these circumstances. I make fast choices.
Fast choices during a Back to School sale aren’t good choices.
So this year, I’ve decided to chronicle my #Back2School adventure (using this hashtag). I’ll be sharing daily (except Sundays) what little progress I’m making on getting ready for school in a way that allows me to breathe.
Since we just moved into our home the first weekend of July, the series will start out with a bang – some really awful BEFORE pictures of what our schoolroom was. WAS. There will be an AFTER picture but I’m not aiming for perfection.
My motto is: Focus on function – don’t pine (or pin) after perfection.
I found this little scribble in an old Bullet Journal (more on Bullet Journals for school on Day 8!).
I’m asking myself what little step can I take today to get me closer to my goal of being ready for school?
It can seem so overwhelming to face transitions, change, and challenges – but I’ve been slowly learning that I can break down what seems like a huge task into bite size pieces.
I hope this series will inspire you to break down your challenging tasks – will you join me for #Back2School in #31Days?
Here’s the index:
- Day 1: Intro – Why spend 31 Days preparing for Back to School?
- Day 2: Sunday – no post
- Day 3: Focus on Flow – Setting up the Space for School
- Day 4: Using Pinterest with Caution
- Day 5: Creating a Book Nook
- Day 6: Finish Summer
- Day 7: Let’s Talk Stuff
- Day 8: What’s a family culture?
- Day 9: Sunday – no post
- Day 10: Planning: Big Picture
- Day 11: Planning: Curricula
- Day 12: Planning: Requirements & Records
- Day 13: Why Bullet Journal?
- Day 14: How I set up my Bullet Journal
- Day 15: Bullet Journal as a Home School Planner
- Day 16: Sunday – no post
- Day 17: Kid’s Bullet Journal
- Day 18: Chores, Grace, and Sales Announcements
- Day 19: Color-coding to Save Time & Money
- Day 20: Meeting with the Advisor
- Day 21: Building a (better) home school library
- Day 22: How I Save Money During #Back2School (& an honest word to my readers about this series).
- Day 23: Sunday – no post
- Day 24: Facing down my panic (the story of the desks).
- Day 25: Anchors and Hot Air Balloons (Learning Balance)
- Day 26: Our Block Schedule
- Day 27: Lapbooks and why I’m making peace with crafts.
- Day 28: First Things and a Recipe for Rest
- Day 29: 5 Tips for Being a Healthy (Happy) Home School Mom
- Day 30: Sunday – no post
- Day 31: August Recap
For more help to break down tasks into bite size pieces, I highly recommend Tsh Oxenreider’s book One Bite at a Time 52 Weeks of breaking life’s tasks into manageable chunks. (This is an affiliate link. I own the book and love it – I think you will too.)