Scheduling for Success Part 3: Getting Granular
If you have been following along, you should have your plan of action on courses needed to graduate and you have your trusty calendar for what to do, when. (Don’t forget, you can hi-lite the assignments as they get finished – your calendar will become a pretty work of art too) But…there are some people who still need a little more help on how to plan their day.
It’s important to know what kind of personality you’re working with. Some people just need a general guide, a list of what needs to get done for the day. Others may need more structure, and some fall somewhere in between.
I have a friend who needs to follow a list for her daily routine. She writes down everything she needs to do, in the order that she needs to get it done. Her list includes brushing her teeth, right after making her bed and eating breakfast and again as part of her nighttime ritual. I used to think this was so strange until I had teenagers (they are so forgetful sometimes – insert eye roll here). Now it makes perfect sense. It, too, may make sense for the student who falls in between being able to get things done on their own, and needing an accounting for every moment of the day. Assuming the student does their school work in the morning, their daily schedule may look something like this:
Get ready for the day
Work on core class (insert whatever subject they’re working on)
Work on elective class
Work on core class
Free time (or whatever they have going on – not school related)
Cruiser is fairly self-motivated (hence the nickname), so he uses a very general list. His looks like this:
Monday: English, Elective, Math
Tuesday: Spanish, Math, Science
Wednesday: Science, Elective, Math
Friday: Elective, Math
His sister, bless her heart, needs a structure complete with scaffolding. Her schedule looks like this:
|Monday / Wednesday||Tuesday / Friday|
|8:30 – 9:50||Science||French|
|10:00 – 11:20||Math||English|
|11:30 – 12:15||Elective||Elective|
|1:00 – 2:30||Finish||Projects|
There’s no shame, it’s just recognizing where help is needed and offering extra support.
Because this work would not be complete without one last famous quote, I have one from THE motivational guru, himself:
“A goal properly set Is halfway reached.”
That’s all the Scheduling for Success I have. Hopefully, you have gleaned some planning and scheduling ideas that will work for you and your family. I know, in my house, when everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing (and actually doing it), the house is more peaceful and we are more productive…And we can go do cool things as a family on Thursdays, totally guilt free!
Cruiser attends Whitmore School, a private online high school accredited through AdvancED. Click here to learn more about Mastery-Based learning at Whitmore School.
Mom of Cruiser – current student