I set up a loose schedule before we went to the US, and so far its been working fairly well since we got back. Its helped me balance spending constructive learning time with Billy, work, activities, exercise and keep the household functioning.
Mornings I usually get up around 7am, and between then and 10am, I exercise (on the Wii Fit), check emails & whatever blogs I have time for, have breakfast, shower and do a quick tidy of the house - load & unload dishwasher and washing machine, put things away etc.
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings after 10, Billy & I watch the school shows together (our ABC TV shows educational shows between 10 and 11am) - or at least the ones that interest him. Then we have some learning time until lunch - Monday is Maths, Wednesday is cooking, Thursday Science. Or that's how it sometimes works out :)
After lunch on those days, I spend 3hrs on paid work. Billy plays lego, uses the Wii or computer or somehow amuses himself. After that, its time to prepare dinner, get ready and go to 'after school' activities. We're out of the house 4 nights with classes / activities - and yes, he loves them all and doesn't want to drop any of them.
Tuesdays we're out most of the day - archery, time at the park with other homeschoolers and then we do any errands, grocery shopping etc.
Fridays I try to get to my exercise class in the morning - it doesn't always happen but at least its got a chance being scheduled in! Afternoons we have night classes.
I try to keep Sundays free to potter around the house and prepare for the next week. That will change in a few weeks once Billy starts having AFL games, so I might have to swap to Saturdays.
The other tool that's helping me (mostly) stay on top of things is the calendar and task functionality of Outlook. I love it now that I've worked out the best way to use it for me.
I have 3 calendars that I can overlay:
- my calendar that shows activities & meetings etc - basically when I'm out of the house. That's shared out so Pete can see it as well.
- Pete's shared calendar so I can see when he's out of the house (yes, we're nerds).
- My 'task' calendar where I can schedule in stuff I need to work on at home - either paid, school work or household.
Tasks can be set up to be recurring so for eg it reminds me when I have to invoice clients or clean out the water filter.
I have to admit I still have a 'big picture' paper list of overall jobs that have to be done, but the task list helps me keep track of all the little bits and pieces.
Oh and the other thing that helps me keep me sane atm - my phone. I love the fact that I can now get internet access on my phone - I've saved time being able to catch up on blogs and reading email lists while I'm waiting for Billy at his activities! So I might not always be commenting, but I am reading.