At the start of the new week when I’m planning what it will hold, the possibility seems almost boundless. 168 hours! I can get so much done! Managing my own expectations of what I can get done in a day has been huge in creating a sense of forward momentum.
When every day ends with a long list of things that never got crossed off the to-do list, it’s hard to feel like anything is being accomplished. For her daily list, Mystie uses index cards, and Jessica uses a 3 inch square sticky note. I have gone micro and use 2 inch sticky notes. In the picture of my September calendar spread, there’s a larger sticky note that I got from the library–I had to section it off so that I didn’t get carried away! Even with my small handwriting, there’s only so much I can fit on there. There are real limits to how much I can put on the list. I’ve got a physical reminder to give myself margin and grace because there’s always more that needs doing.
On the homeschooling front, on days when school is going well, it’s always a temptation to push a little more, to cover more ground. Instead of a daily list, I keep track over a week. We need to hit math 4 times a week, but it doesn’t matter which 4 days. Having a weekly checklist let’s me see at a glance if we really need to push on. I also like having a record of all we’ve accomplished. Even though we do short lessons, I can clearly see our progress over time.
What do you use for your daily list?