How Systems Save My Sanity: A Homeschooling Mom’s Journey
Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, a homeschooling mom, and small business owner. In this blog post, I want to share with you why systems are a lifesaver for me and how they play a crucial role in maintaining my sanity.
The Busy Excuses Season
We’ve been through a busy season lately, and instead of relying on my systems, I’ve found myself failing them. It’s essential to recognize that my systems haven’t failed me; I’ve failed to stick to them consistently. This realization prompted me to reflect on the importance of systems in my life. I know that to feel my best I need to keep working my systems! Systems save my sanity!
The Magic of Systems
Let’s delve into the magic of systems. I have various systems in place at home, in my work life, and in our homeschooling routine. These systems help me function without constantly having to think about each task, freeing up valuable brain space. Automation is key, making it easier for me to accomplish tasks seamlessly. Simple things that help me are theming my cleaning days and meal planning for a full month at a time.
In our homeschool, I follow a flow rather than a rigid schedule. I repeat certain activities, making it easier to manage without constant micromanagement. This approach aligns with my preference for automation and consistency. It also allows my learners to gain and slowly increase their independence.
Morning Routine and Work-Life
My morning routine, shared in a previous video and post, involves starting the day with coffee, catching up on socials and emails, and accomplishing a bit of work. This sets a positive tone for the day, allowing me to engage fully in our homeschooling activities. I also strongly believe in the importance of planning and staying ahead, such as editing videos two weeks in advance.
Identifying System Failures
Acknowledging my recent system failures, identify areas where I’ve slipped, such as neglecting daily and weekly planning. The visual chaos in the house due to back-to-back holiday decorations has added to the sense of disorder. Recognizing these lapses is the first step towards addressing them.
The Impact of Failing
I’ve been feeling the impact of failing my systems in my everyday life. Hectic energy around meal planning, cleaning, and overall organization has become palpable. As we approach the new year, I’m taking this time for self-assessment, focusing on areas where I can improve and optimize my systems.
How I Am Going To Fix It
To remedy the situation, I plan to start with simple steps, such as a full week of cleaning and cooking videos. By declaring my intentions to share these activities, I’m creating accountability for myself. Additionally, I have been thinking of revamping my daily schedule for better efficiency.
I am committed to reclaiming and revitalizing my systems. Even small tweaks and adjustments can make a significant difference. I invite you to share your own experiences with systems and any tips or book recommendations you may have. Let’s embark on this journey of self-improvement and system optimization together! If you found this post helpful or entertaining, don’t forget to subscribe to my monthly newsletter, and give this post a thumbs up. Your feedback is always welcome in the comments or on Instagram @makingeverydaymagic. Until next time, let’s make everyday magic happen!