I didn’t post a summer bucket list this year as in years past. I’ve been focused on writing my new book.
However, there are a couple of things I need to accomplish before the busy season of homeschool and extracurricular lessons begin.
They’ve been niggling at the back of my brain, but for some reason I can’t get motivated to get them done. Posting my to-do list here has proven to be an effective way for me to
get off my rear and get ‘er done beat procrastination create accountability, so here goes:
Create a monthly menu
I did this last year and it was so helpful. I love having done meal planning, but I don’t like doing meal planning. (Sigh. True of many things, no?) So writing down a meal plan for an entire month, lunches included, will be one less thing. Done! Here is the month-long back to homeschool menu.
Clean out my hall closet
My hall closet stays half empty and that’s how I like it. Recently, though, the girls put a ton of craft supplies in there and we also bought backpacks and some supplies for emergency “bug out” kits. It’s looking horribly disorganized and cluttered. Done! I’ll post pictures soon.
Order a cover design for my book
Done! Got a recommendation from a graphic designer I trust (who sadly, isn’t taking work right now) and placed an order on Fiverr. Preview here.
Read the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice.
This is the first book my 10th grader is reading this year and I want to be one step ahead of him so we can discuss the book. Done! I’m enjoying this book so far.
Create a weekly schedule, write it in my Bullet Journal
Spots for all the things like ballet lessons, grocery shopping, errands, etc. Done-ish. Still taking notes and working on it.
Create a flexible daily homeschooling routine, write in my Bullet Journal
This includes things like an hour-long daily quiet time, read-aloud time, outdoor time, a daily walk, etc. Ditto – doneish. I’m finding that creating a routine after observing how things actually progress in a day/week works best.
What’s on your back-to-school checklist? We already have curriculum and school supplies, but these actions are things that will make the whole operation run more smoothly.
I have been reading your blog for a while (yours is one of the few I read most days) since finding you via lvdk. I am so impressed by your enthusiasm and interest in so many different things. I know you are a minimalist but I can highly recommend an extra upright freezer because then one can do big cookups which let’s one off the hook most of the time. In 2 hours ( less if I recruit the family to get involved but I rather enjoy podcast cooking) I can cook up around 30 portions of cottage pie or savoury mince base ( which can be turned into Mexican or pasta and mince etcetera) or fish pie or our favourite bobotie. I’ll store in the freezer in a mixture of family size portions and single serves then any night I don’t feel like cooking I can pull one of these meals out of the freezer to defrost and put a nourishing meal on the table with only around 5 minutes of actual hands-on prep time.
Hi, thanks for your comment! I know I really need to try freezer cooking. It’s actually a goal of mine for this autumn. Batching activities is such a time-saver. 🙂