Quotes on Schedule, Routine, and Habit

"She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens." ~ Proverbs 31:15, KJV  ("She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. " ~  NLT)

"Let all things be done decently and in order." ~ 1 Corinthians 14:40
The most important part of your planning is giving your schedule to God. ~ Robin Sampson

"Build enough habits to save your own sanity, but don’t ring the bell every 50 minutes."
~ Ruth Beechick

"In my opinion, the lack of routine in our daily life is the number one killer of consistency and Christian growth. We have to “make time” for God instead of it being just a normal part of our daily life like eating or working. Routine creates boundaries; it prioritizes time; it trains the mind, body and heart to crave and expect what has become habit; it quiets the mind so you can meditate on God; it gives you security and peace." ~ Brent Riggs  
"I have told you many times that it started with shining my sink, then I began getting dressed to shoes and decluttering for 15 minutes a day. My greatest encouragement were my friends in my internet community." ~ FlyLady
"I’m a positive thinker, a cautious positive thinker. I think it’s important to see the negatives but to concentrate on the positives and move forward with them. In other words, look at the solution, not the problem. I’m also good at focusing on what is important in my daily schedule while remaining open to new ideas. " ~ Donald Trump
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." ~ Anon.

"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them." ~ Agatha Christie

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." ~ John Dryden

"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
"I believe that the key to successful scheduling is getting up at a set time in the morning. And for a home schooling mom, it would be best if she could do this before her children get up so she can have a quiet time with the Lord to start her day." ~ Teri Maxwell
"By setting up family routines, we take away much of the daily stress and pain of deciding who does what, when they are to do whatever, and how much they are to do. Routines are simply a MUST! Our children have struggled at times when the routines were not clearly defined OR were in total chaos. Likewise, I have felt the frustrations that come along with constant decisions to be made or the pull of constantly having “extra” things to think about that could be just part of the routine, leaving my mind to think of more important things!" ~ Cindy Rushton
"Use flexible year-round schooling  Real life is not divided in neat little calendar blocks like in school. Flexible year-round schooling means letting real life set your schedule, rather than trying to fit real life into a rigid schedule of weeks on and off, semesters, quarters or whatever. Home is not school! Real life at home requires flexibility – don’t create a rigid schedule that will set you up to fail! Know what you want to accomplish, plan how to do it, then relax live, learn and enjoy your children." ~ Clay and Sally Clarkson, Educating the WholeHearted Child (page 130)

"That’s (being on a schedule) the ideal! At the same time, part of the beauty of home schooling and the reason it works for us is the flexibility. The goal is a schedule because the kids need that structure, the exception being flexibility. The kids really love having a schedule." ~ Lisa Whelchel

Mary Pride on Burnout ~
"Home education burnout, like all other burnout, comes from too much work and insufficient rewards. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, but when you’re hating what you’re doing all the time it’s time to stop and rethink your position. If you’re trying to teach or learn from a resource that you have no fondness for at all, perhaps you should pitch it and try another. 

When you find yourself working too hard, stop and ask:

  • Am I overdoing it? Am I making a simple subject too fancy? Am I trying to do all the suggested activities in the teacher’s edition (this will kill any program)?

  • What can I eliminate? What is essential in this course and what is extra?

  • Do I need to be doing this at all? Is my child too young for this subject? Am I just trying to show off? Could I or my child live a worthy life in the world without mastering this material?

  • Should I give it a rest? Are there other worthwhile things we would like to study or do instead of this until we can come back to it later? "

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