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Time is very tight.
I am just a homeschooling mom who spends most of my time with children.
I always feels extremely exhausted when it is in the evening.
The children noisy children that sometimes quarrel, play in team, watching movies…
The teenagers who start to rebel to get their identity…
The afternoon driving to drop and pick children to and from their extra activities…
The cloth and the cleaning control…
The blogging and the virtual works that need some portions of energy…
The homeschool preparation, teaching, and accompaniment…
I keep juggling to do them all.
When do I have time for myself? When I have once, I would give more priority on learning.
The spirit of learning inside myself has never died out.
Well, I am naturally a learner.
I don't want to stop learning among the crazy world of mine.
How I Find Learning Time as a Homeschooling Mom
As you know, it is not easy to find learning time, especially if you are a homeschooling mom like me. Here is how I find learning time as a homeschooling mom. There are 24 hours in a day. Just 20 minutes of learning time is enough for me. It can happen anytime and anywhere, but I always try to get undistracted time in a day. It is usually at night when kids and hubby have gone to bed. I am also flexible in some cases. I can learn in the middle of my children's swimming training or any afternoon activities.
The 20 minutes are very powerful for me. Can you imagine when we collect them in a week? I will be learning for 7 x 20 = 140 minutes (over 2 hours). In a year, I will be learning for 365 x 20 minutes = 7300 minutes (over 121 hours).
My Learning Tools and Resources
I learn from both online and offline resources. Reading books is included into learning. However, most of the courses I do are online.
- My smartphone is my best tool that I can bring anywhere. It is not big, but I still can read with my plus glasses.
- My kindle is also a great paperless tool to learn.
- A set of colorful pens and a notebook are used to write down the points. Using them is considered traditional, but it works well to write what are important and repeated.
- My earphone is rarely used to listen to webinars and video.
What I Learn
I learn different areas of courses:
- Personal Courses
- Homeschooling Courses
- Blogging and Social Media Courses
- VA Courses
Well, I am a course junkie, right? How lucky I have been to be able to understand and to communicate with English. Don't laugh at me.
I made a sequence of learning in those areas to give priority based on the needs. I invest to several courses to educate myself. Let's see which course have you taken.
Organization and time management are the keys to be more productive. Those areas are above everything after the religion in managing my family and organizing my works. Routines, systems, and habits are very important.
These 3 courses about productivity are in my list right now. I need to help myself being organized. Learning from the successful people is one way to do that.
Here are wonderful books that I like:
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeEat That Frog! Action Workbook: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeEat That Frog! Cards: Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeEat That Frog: Daily Goals planner
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life21 Days To A More Disciplined LifeThe Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a YearLiving Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good LifeOwn Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous LoveOwn Your Life Bible Study Guide and Planner: Faith-building companion book to Own Your LIfeThe Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and BecomingThe Lifegiving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided JourneyDesperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to BreatheUnglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw EmotionsUnglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress
Homeschooling Courses and Parenting
Homeschooling moms need encouragement, refreshment, and renewals. The time changes and I face children with different ages and issues. Our homeschooling changes as well from time to time. Therefore, I need to update myself. I don't care about whether the course is for a new comer or for a veteran because homeschool doesn't recognize both newcomer and veteran
- Reading blog posts
- Reading encouraging homeschooling books
- Join some homeschooling organization courses.
Here are some homeschooling and parenting courses I join and in my list:
Blogging and Social Media Courses
Blogging and social media are my interests. I invest a lot of my time and money for blogging courses and readings. The technology and the business trends change all the time. I also need to refresh myself.
It is not easy to keep learning in the middle of the tight time. It needs a lot of struggle to find learning time as a homeschooling mom. However, the habit of learning will hopefully be a memory and an example for my children soon and in the future. I believe, there should be ways as long as we want to find it.
Do you have learning time?
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Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.