Monday, August 15, 2011

Picking up the pace

Sigh. I miss summer already. This past weekend Maria had Life Teen activities at church, and the boys had something for scouts. Our co-op started last week. Dance starts this week. Vacation is over, folks.

School is a little....limpy. We are working, but we aren't on schedule very well and I find myself spending a lot of time putting out fires. I'm having a hard time finding a groove. Ok. I'm lazy. There, I said it. I feel lazy. In order for the days to really flow smoothly, I need to either...
a. stay up later than the children and get some things done, or
b. get up earlier than the children and get some things done.

Neither has been happening. I mean, I've been up, both early and late, but I'm not actually *working*...I need to be doing some housework, folding laundry, grading and prepping school work. Instead I either...
a. stay up later than the children, eat fourth meal, and watch reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond, or
b. get up earlier than the children and sit on the couch watching the news and drinking coffee.

I've got to kick myself in the can. But first I need to decide which way to go, up early or up late? Last year I was getting up early. I'm just too darned tired to actually work on laundry and cleaning and such at the end of the day. And the littles go to sleep (and stay asleep) better if I just lay down with them. But I don't seem to be able to kick it into gear very well this year. Which works best for you? Getting up early? Staying up late?

3 comments:

entropy said...

Getting up early for sure. I'm just too tired at the end of the day and I really love that time when all the kids are in bed and I get to sit with hubby and watch tv or *ahem* something.

Of course, I'm lazy too so even though I can get up early, I don't always do it. It doesn't help that hubby is a night owl and frankly I just cannot keep up with him. I hit a pregnancy wall and *BAM* I'm asleep.

Early. Get up early. Early enough to have your coffee, pray and go for a walk All By Yourself. When I follow my own advice, I find I have the energy to get those other things done during the day. During Quiet Time or just before dinner.

Erin said...

I have a lazy/tired issue too. In the evenings, I just want to veg out. I don't go to bed, either, which is worse... staying up til midnight and not getting much done in the meantime! I do spend lots of that evening time on the computer, researching school stuff and maybe printing stuff and making plans... but then the follow-through isn't always there in the daytime. I am too lazy to get up early, too. ;-P I did take a survey at a homeschool conference workshop recently that was about personality types, and I found that I am "phlegmatic" meaning laid back, not making waves, and not easy to motivate. Knowing that at least helped me work with it better, and I have been trying to make sure school gets started by 9 every morning, because that helps the day go more smoothly. Of course, once I have this baby in a couple weeks, everything will probably fall apart for quite awhile...

JPBarham said...

Hehe, neither thing works! I am resigned to being an eclectic home/unschooler! You don't know me, but I found your blog via the Catholic Aspies HS list. I have six kids -- four at home, 2 in college -- and at least 4 have AS. So, life's always interesting here, to say the least. But I totally sympathize. I used to be a morning person; could hardly keep my eyes open past dark in the evenings. Now I am up late (working on STUFF), and can't wake up in the mornings....But I am perpetually "behind" on every project. I am learning to let some of it go. The kids are reading, writing, doing math, music, history, science, etc. in REAL LIFE most of the time anyway. Take a breath. Learning happens whether you stress about it or not! Blessings.