So I’m working out this scheduling effort, and I’m feeling very inspired by it

(Don’t knock it– any diet can be inspiring before you start.  Almost any.)

One of the unique elements of MOTH is the scheduling not only of your own time, but also of each of the children’s.  You don’t just say go-here, do-this, but you also provide what you both want.

For us:

  • One-on-one time with mama
  • One-on-one time with each sibling
  • craft time
  • read-aloud time

And then you work in the necessaries too:

  • School
  • Chores (the author suggests the label diligence rather than chores, and I like that).
  • Meals
  • sleep

I made a schedule for school time, and see myself starting to implement the applicable (non-school) parts on Monday or Tuesday.

This is just a week-day schedule– guiding our time mainly while Jay’s at work.

The neat thing to me in all this was the sense that it was doable.  The authoress’s reminders that God provides the time for what He wants done

And my own mantra of “God does not depend on human exhaustion to accomplish his will”

Made the whole process very peaceful.

I don’t think I’d feel this way if we were already in the middle of school– it would be too many details to think about and process while my brain was full– but the timing now seems just perfect.

My favorite thing about scheduling– and one of the half-dozen new thoughts this book has planted– is that the point is to reduce your load by reducing the number of decisions you have to make at  any given time.

“Decisions take energy,” like Teri Maxwell says, and the fewer (repetitive) decisions one needs to process the less scattered she is likely to feel.

The card-file system I’ve used for repetitive housework is an example of where I’ve seen the truth of this already.  I like *knowing* what to do next instead of constantly trying to figure it out.

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