If you’re a homeschool mom who feels like their wheels are spinning out of control, I know how you feel! I’ve been there, and done that, and I still haven’t mastered time management. But, what I can tell you is that over the years, I have gotten a whole lot better at learning how to manage my time as a homemaker and homeschool mom.
I’m here to encourage you that time management is not out of reach for you. I’m a firm believer that God sustains us as we embark on the duties and calling He has given mothers as homemakers and homeschoolers. I remember many times when I used to pray for a nudge to help me manage my time. Well friend, here is the nudge you need! These time management hacks for homeschool moms will help give you a nice little push in the right direction.
This post is sponsored by Beehive. My time was compensated however all opinions are my own.
Time With God
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it is essential and is the number one time management hack for homeschool moms. Prioritizing time with God is not only beneficial for your soul, but it is a great way to start your day by putting God first. Spend time in prayer and in God’s Word to fill yourself up before the day brings its challenges.
For me, listening to an audio Bible is often my go-to, but there’s something so sweet about opening an actual Bible and spending time in the Word. I also love reading this daily Matthew Henry devotional and listening to Christian podcasts and solid Christian music after my Bible time.
Stick To A Routine
Having a routine in place will make your day flow so much better! I remember the days when I would just wing it and get through each day by the skin of my teeth! When I realized that routines and systems work inside the home, I will never, ever go without one. Kids are quick learners and my kids caught on quickly and they function much better on a routine.
Plan Your Week
I’ve tried a bazillion paper planners. I’ve also tried a bazillion digital planners. I’m clearly exaggerating, a little, but I have tried more planners than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m in a paper planner mood and sometimes I’m in a digital planner mood. I do tend to reach for my phone to write something down more than I stop to find my paper planner and a pen. Plus, my phone is compact and fits in my purse to take wherever I need to go.
Sometimes there are weeks that have more planning than others so I adjust and readjust as needed. Each week I generally like to plan out:
- Meals: eliminates guessing what’s for dinner
- Shopping list: write down what we need
- Grocery Budget: plan how much to spend
- Bills: know what’s due and pay on time
- Activities: helps me remember playdates, doctor’s appointments, etc
- Homeschool: keep track of book lists, music lessons, etc.
For personal and household planning, I do enjoy using paper planners like my Intentional Year Homemakers Planner, but I also use the trusty Google Calendar.
For homeschool planning, using an app like Beehive is a great way to help plan your kids’ week and stay organized. Beehive is a parenting management app available on both the App Store and Play Store. Beehive makes it super easy with all the options available.
Each child has their own profile so I can individually keep track of each one. Beehive also provides personalized learning resources for parents to tailor the needs and interests of their child’s learning.
Get The Kids Involved
Getting your kids involved with home life will pay off in more ways than you can imagine and will be beneficial long term. Why? Because you’re teaching your children life skills, responsibility, independence, and how to be good helpers which will benefit them and their future families.
I have taught my kids at an early age how to wash dishes, do their own laundry, clean the bathroom, clean their own rooms, and more. Believe me when I say that it will take A LOT of work and training to get your children to the point of doing things independently. Your patience will be tested but your hard work, and theirs, will pay off!
Stop The Scroll
This one is a constant struggle for me if I’m honest with you. I have to daily make an effort not to scroll and some days are better than others. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and all the other social media places can wait! Focused time with and for your family always beats mindless scrolling.
What’s Your Best Time Management Hacks For Homeschool Moms?
Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what time management hacks for homeschool moms have worked for you!