For this post, let me share a few simple habits or practices that can actually help bring some freshness or jazz up your homeschooling day.
- Look Good.
A common saying among the Filipino children born in the 1970s and 80s goes, ” If you can’t perform, Japorms. ” “Porma ” seems to come from the Spanish term, “forma” which means “shape”. Porma is locally known as to dress,move or accessorize in such a way to impress! So, dress as if you are going to a meeting or to the office, why not? While you’re at it, do the usual moisturize, sunblock your face and do the “no make up, make up” look. At least, groom your eyebrows, curl your eyelashes, put some concealer for those with dark under eyes and put light foundation and blush , and yes, top it with a nice nude lipstick or gloss!
I think for one “season” or another, many women have stacked up on too much make up products, more than they can ever use. So, this make up must be used! And use it for homeschooling!
“Bad hair days” are really bad hair days. So give your hair maybe 5 mins of care so it looks good. I usually dry my hair in front of a fan and only use the hair iron for 1-2 mins to help with the fly aways.
2. Remove the “Eye Sores” that Bog You Down
Be it a pile of receipts, or a crazy drawer with disorganized stuff, deal with it. “Eye Sores” are images in your home that bring in negativity. Hopefully these are not people you live it! Generally, these are physical organization or for repair “issues” that we have not dealt with. Work at those you have control over. If you can’t just yet, try to hide them first.
3. “A place for everything, and everything in its place”
Take 5-10 minutes with you children before and after homeschool, or at the beginning or end of the day to return stuff in their proper place. If longer periods of time is needed, then carve out that time. Unattended mess and disorganization for most (though some thrive and are inspired by some form of these) are sure “dampeners”. To me, its like heavy boulders in a shoulder and I can’t seem to function unless I sort of deal with it or take away from my site.
4. Keep Moving.
Bring some movement in. It could be as simple as taking the stairs instead of elevator or parking far, to benefit from a long walk. It could be incorporating a short yet regular routine of exercise into your day. My sister recently applied this principle which I shared in a homeschool workshop we both conducted and she has been at it for a month! She just began to carve out 15-30 minutes per day using a simple low impact youtube exercise tutorial which she followed. You can even mute the accompanying music and play your own favorite dance music! Come on!
If you have outsourced your children’s PE class, don’t just sit down as you wait for them, find something physical ( run, do stretching, walk) to do as well.
Start a day with a day plan that categorizes. “Must Do”, “Nice to To Do”, ” Something I Like To Do” or make your own “terms” for these items. Basically, you know what is your priority of the day and what you have set out to do. Try to ward off those that seem to eat up your time that isn’t in your priority list . And work towards getting that MUST Do list ticked. Of course, we have to be open to adjustments or tweaking but as in the much read article, “The Tyranny of the Urgent” by Charles Hummel, we have to know and focus on the important lest the urgent things crowd them out. And yes, reward yourself with “Something” you like to do. It could be one chapter of a fiction book, or do some exercises on a new hobby like calligraphy or go out and water the plants.
And I began reading fiction again!
6. Teach the little ones and yes, the teen ones too to be responsible members of the household.
I am still working at this. I guess, it begins with me,. I have to practice what I preach. So I try to clean my own mess, keep my stuff in order and basically, do my part in trying to maintain orderliness at home. We have a lot to work on in this area and hopefully, we will succeed!
7. Watch the special on “Minimalism” available on Netflix and see how it can apply to your family and household! See the trailer here.
8. Regularly declutter.
On your decluttering day, create boxes labelled “for donation, “garage sale”, “for repair’ and “for returning”. And work towards emptying these boxes as you make sure they “achieve” the purpose of each item. Have a small area in a closet where you can put such stuff that need to be addressed for your next decluttering day. If an item comes up that fits any of these categories, put them in this area.
For book or toy donations, please check Visionsofhopefoundation.org. I work with this group that services the marginalized children/families of our country.
9. Play more music.
Subscribe to Spofity. Make your own favorite playlists of various genres. Discover new songs 🙂 Can you imagine me cleaning my room with Motown Music?? So apart from cleaning, i get to move and exercise too:)
10. Start your day with prayer and meditation.
“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. ” Psalm 59:16
“In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3
This is my favorite one. Never fails to make a difference indeed.
They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. I hope this list helps add to the good habits for more success and fun in your homeschooling days.