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Scheduling Study

Saturday, July 14, 2007
In my last post on the subject, I discussed the amount of work I'm supposed to be doing each week to keep on top of my uni work. With the return to study a mere 2 weeks away I'm now at the point of tryng to schedule study into my weekly routine. Of course, I'm sure it would help if I had a weekly routine. Just at the moment it seems something like this:

Sunday: menu plan & grocery shop
Monday: washing and cleaning
Tuesday: get out of the house before I go mad
Wednesday: washing and cleaning
Thursday: get out of the house before I go mad
Friday: washing and cleaning
Saturday: ironing and cleaning.

Do we see a pattern here? Yeah, probably not good. The problem is that since we've got back from the UK at the end of May, I haven't been able to get regular daycare for the girls, so am often running around doing things I used to do on my days off with kids in tow taking me twice as long. Of course with the kids growing up it's harder to contain them in places like the supermarket.

Before I went away my weekly plan looked like this:
Monday: Grocery Shopping, Library storytime, clean out the fridge, empty the bins.
Tuesday: Baking day, Rubbish bin out, kids to playground/visit Grandma or friends
Wednesday: girls in daycare, clean bathrooms, tidy kitchen etc in the morning, to the library to study in the afternoon
Thursday: Rest day, swimming lessons/visit to the lagoon (it was summer then)
Friday:girls in daycare, repeat Wednesday

Yeah, so obvioulsy a bit more structured than now. I'd like to get back to that structure, but it's not going to happen anytime soon while I have the kids home on a regular baisis. Or more the point, having them not-home on a non-regular basis.

Of the 16 hours I'm supposed to find each week I used to find half of them on the days the kids were at daycare. 8 hours spread over 7 days is much easier to find than over 2 hours a day.

What I did learn last semester doing a take home exam with two sick kids and dealing with morning sickness, was that I CAN study when the children are home, I just need to be creative. If I can set myself up in the dining room, I can read and be there for the kids, they can "help", and do their own thing, while I do mine. Of course there are night times, but hubby tries to dib at least some of that time for himself.

And then there are weekends. Obviously catch up time wherever necessary. Which is always. So I guess what I'm saying is, a study routine is going to be really hard to implement until I have some sort of weekly plan happening with the kids. Might work on that today I think.

5 comments:

  1. Erica said...

    I'm trying to fit in study too, just quit my part time job, so hopefully will find the time now.

    www.littlemummy.com

    July 14, 2007 at 4:59 PM  

  2. Kez said...

    Ugh I so know what you mean! I'm doing a Cert IV, working from home & teaching as well - Billy is at preschool 3 days/wk and it's still not enough to get it all done. I can't do much while he's at home because he constantly interrupts and by the time I get him to bed I'm too tired to start anything either.. 6 months until he starts school (not that I'm counting lol)

    July 14, 2007 at 6:38 PM  

  3. Kin said...

    Phew, so I'm not alone. I found last semester I really needed to be organised and focussed for the hours I scheduled. If I didn't schedule anything, it didn't get done. That's probably why I'm a little stressed now about where the time to even schedule it is going to come from.

    July 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM  

  4. River said...

    Glad to see you've scheduled some out of the house time.

    September 3, 2007 at 7:29 PM  

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