Starts With No Ends

I happen to have a lot of half-posts and partially-begun ideas cluttering up my content folder. I shouldn't call it clutter; I'm excited about most of them. I work this way all the time, and I kinda wish I didn't. It helps to know that I work better when I switch jobs regularly, but it seems completely wrong to do that.

It's not completely wrong. It's fine. It's not wrong. It's fine. I'm sure to forget it again, and the problem is in the forgetting. I linger too long struggling through a task and then never complete it -- or anything -- because I think I should. It's true some days I need to stick with a project until it's done, but often -- maybe usually -- I need to be ok with hopping from thing to thing until it all gets done.

Right now our homeschool works like this. We don't have a specific school time. Instead, the kids get their work done whenever it comes up that day, usually, in between other things such as boardgames and outside play or running around the house screaming. We've gone through quite a few different ideal schedules, including a couple full-fledged, day-by-day lesson plans (like this one and this one, oh, and of course), but it seems we always come back to the whatever-comes-next plan. And it works for us. We get to most of what I mean to get to each day.

It's not completely wrong. It's fine. It's not wrong. It's fine. I'm sure to forget it again, and the problem is in the forgetting.

We have a school room and a couple of tables. We rarely ever use them that way. As soon as I can come up with a good vision, I'm going to put a playroom or family room or something there instead. And ya know what, that's perfectly ok. The Bible does not say Math has to be done at 8:30 each weekday morning while altogether at the table in the schoolroom. Sometimes, math is better done in a three-day-long game of Monopoly, anyhow.

I guess I should write about the dangers of this no-plan plan, but they're rather obvious. Taking too long to change activities is the number one culprit, but often, time gets wasted in the transitions, especially if I need to figure out what I should be doing next. I'll sit down and check Facebook or read and forget about the dishes. Also some things have to be done at a particular time -- meals and appointments, for instance -- and it's hard to keep to a schedule in some areas and not in others. That is to say, we're always late. If you don't cycle back to things in a reasonable order, there will be things you'll leave completely undone. My house interior has been under constant construction for years for this reason; it's awful.

On an HGTV show last week Scott McGillvary said something about the last 10% of a job, the finishing, being the hardest part. You should not start taking your bathroom apart when you still have holes left in other walls. Work like that, and you'll soon be in well-over your head. There's a lot of space between that chaos and a day planner, though. I like to live in that space.

featured photograph by Lee Haywood